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OK, where'd you get/invent/create your online nick?

By el_guapo in Internet
Sat Mar 30, 2002 at 05:24:17 AM EST
Tags: Culture (all tags)

How/where/why did you come up your K5/online nick? Do you try and use the same one on K5 as you do most other places? (note: this is a complete rehash of this same story from over a year ago. K5's changed a bit so i thought it was time again...)

I've been curious about this for some time, actually. I was a bit surprised that it hasn't come up already (maybe it has and got shot down, dunno). So, chime in and describe your nick inventing process!! It seems that this could also be the latest iteration of the "who are you" stories, as your nick is bound to somehow be tied to some basic personality traits. I'll post mine as a comment below the story. Have fun!


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OK, where'd you get/invent/create your online nick? | 343 comments (341 topical, 2 editorial, 0 hidden)
Well, my nick is uncreative... (4.00 / 3) (#1)
by leviramsey on Fri Mar 29, 2002 at 10:05:59 PM EST

It's my name irl...

Mine, too (4.00 / 3) (#24)
by rickward on Fri Mar 29, 2002 at 10:47:01 PM EST

But when I play Quake I usually go by the nom de guerre Benny Tleilax--a whimsical corruption of the name of the ruling body of the clonepeople from Dune It has a Zaphod Beeblebrox feel without actually being Zaphod Beeblebrox.

"How am I to trust my own 5 feeble senses? Who's to say that when I open the freezer door that I'm really not just opening a gateway to a very cold dimension populated by wire racks?" —MisterQueue
[ Parent ]

rickward (4.00 / 4) (#66)
by rusty on Sat Mar 30, 2002 at 01:49:36 AM EST

But you have the (dubious) advantage that your name, when compressed to one word, sounds like a direction.

"Onward! Rickward!"

Not the real rusty
[ Parent ]

hehe....kinda like "sideward" (none / 0) (#334)
by jgsfcaus on Fri Apr 26, 2002 at 05:24:08 AM EST

which is the way San Francisco muni metro train car doors open according to the warning on the old Boeing cars. Riders were alterted to this fact because the doors would seem to be be opening "outward" for a split second, then "BAM" the much-feared and cautioned-about "sideward" behavior would kick in and WATCH OUT as those heavy doors slammed open and then shut again (those doors were probably #2 in a series of hundreds of design problems that plagued those cars. The doors acted more like airplane doors or airlock doors than streetcar doors. small wonder...they were made by Boeing. So, sideward, outward, and rickward! jack

[ Parent ]
Same here (none / 0) (#101)
by jonathan_ingram on Sat Mar 30, 2002 at 05:44:44 AM EST

I bet you can't guess my name :)
I guess I'm just not l33t enough for online nicknames...
-- Jon
[ Parent ]
well AOL.. (none / 0) (#111)
by tero on Sat Mar 30, 2002 at 07:28:47 AM EST

I'm using my first name, rather boring I know, but I've been told it means "terror" in Japanese.. Any .jp speakers here to confirm that?
Visit my homepage
[ Parent ]
My J->E dictionary says... (none / 0) (#150)
by mauftarkie on Sat Mar 30, 2002 at 01:00:37 PM EST

Tero is a noun meaning "terrorism". Close enough, I guess.

Without you I'm one step closer to happiness without violence.
Without you I'm one step closer to innocence without consequence.

[ Parent ]
Yeah... (none / 0) (#214)
by aakin on Sat Mar 30, 2002 at 11:35:22 PM EST

Same. Never minded being known by my name. Always get tired of nicks after a while, so...

[ Parent ]
Easy (4.00 / 4) (#2)
by jbrw on Fri Mar 29, 2002 at 10:08:09 PM EST

It's the initials of my name. Sorted. Nice one.

And since I have more names than the average person, that obviously makes me better than most people. Hahaha!
"We beat the .usians at their own game of zero tolerance"

random keypressing (4.60 / 5) (#3)
by jij on Fri Mar 29, 2002 at 10:08:49 PM EST

The subject says it.

"people who thinks quotes are witty are fucking morons" - turmeric

It means "you" in dutch. (5.00 / 1) (#129)
by Stealth Tuna on Sat Mar 30, 2002 at 10:02:34 AM EST

Thought you might want to know that.

[ Parent ]
first initial, last name (4.00 / 3) (#4)
by adiffer on Fri Mar 29, 2002 at 10:11:55 PM EST

Nothing complex here. That's part of why I try to behave in my comments. 8)
-Dream Big. --Grow Up.
Mine is similar... (none / 0) (#83)
by MrMikey on Sat Mar 30, 2002 at 03:22:40 AM EST

The diminutive of my first name (Michael) and the first three letters of my last name.

Hi Al. :)

[ Parent ]

Gack! That's what I get for posting after midnight (none / 0) (#85)
by MrMikey on Sat Mar 30, 2002 at 03:26:58 AM EST

My online nick is the same as the one I started with at "the other site." What I described above was my email address. Dang.

[ Parent ]
me... (4.00 / 3) (#5)
by jeffy124 on Fri Mar 29, 2002 at 10:13:58 PM EST

my nickname in junior high school given to me by an 8th grade english teacher was "jeffy." naturally it lasted throughout high school, and found it's way into college with me, rekindled by people who didnt go to HS with me. At some point during HS, I decided to set up a Hotmail account (pre-MS merger days). "jeffy@hotmail" was taken. The system suggested jeffy124, which sticks to this day. (Note: I no longer use nor check jeffy124@hotmail. The account probably been removed for being dormant. The address is on countless spam lists which just buried it beyond usefullness)
You're the straw that broke the camel's back!
Nick? What nick? (4.50 / 4) (#6)
by Seth Finkelstein on Fri Mar 29, 2002 at 10:16:39 PM EST

Nick? What nick?
-- Seth Finkelstein
Ditto (3.00 / 2) (#65)
by rusty on Sat Mar 30, 2002 at 01:45:38 AM EST

My nick is, technically, not my real name, but has been my name for my entire life as far as everyone but the government knows. I have credit cards with "Rusty" on them. So for all useful purposes, it's just my name.

The site name is what I was known by for a few years, and is still my Slashdot nick. I'm sure anyone who wants to already knows what it means. :-)

Not the real rusty
[ Parent ]

Use it long enough (none / 0) (#277)
by davidduncanscott on Mon Apr 01, 2002 at 03:28:49 PM EST

and consistently and it will be your name (unless you are changing it to evade capture by the Forces of Righteousness). Credit cards are a pretty good start, I'd think. Power bill? Lease or mortgage?

The basic rule, as I understand it, is that your name is what people call you, if they call you that long enough and you answer to it consistently (here's a hint: Don't answer to "fuckwit" and the like).

[ Parent ]

uhm, what DOES it mean? (none / 0) (#310)
by eurasian on Wed Apr 03, 2002 at 04:43:19 PM EST

sorry, curious, what DOES it mean?


[ Parent ]
It was my parents' idea. (none / 0) (#184)
by buck on Sat Mar 30, 2002 at 04:50:12 PM EST

If I were twenty years younger, I might have it changed. As it happens, I've grown rather accustomed to it. Turns out it was also my paternal great-grandfather's name. I've never met the man, but I imagine, with a name like that, he must not have been quite right in the head. :)

In the past, I've used nicknames to present myself as more "cool" or "31337". However, I got over it quickly enough. :)


“You, on the other hand, just spew forth your mental phlegmwads all over the place and don't have the goddamned courtesy to throw us a tissue afterwards.” -- kitten
[ Parent ]
By any other name. (4.00 / 3) (#7)
by Kyle on Fri Mar 29, 2002 at 10:20:18 PM EST

My login here is my real first name, and I use that a lot.

I've been using 'Chmeee' on IRC for over ten years now. I tried to be 'Style' for a month or two, but other people kept wanting to use it. To avoid further collisions, I wanted something odd or unique, and I remembered the name Chmeee from a SF novel I'd read recently (The Ringworld Engineers by Larry Niven). As the net grew, I started to run into more Niven fans.

I sometimes use KyleHa. My last name is 12 letters long and begins with 'Ha'. Someone with whom I used to correspond had a mail reader that would chop off my name after the 'Ha', and so sometimes called me that. I took it as an alternative more available than 'Kyle' sometimes is and more pronounceable than 'KyleH'.

irc nicks (none / 0) (#317)
by mister slim on Fri Apr 05, 2002 at 10:16:49 PM EST

for a time i used Damnthing, from the H. Beam Piper "Fuzzies" novels. Damnthings are huge, dumb, cow-like (redundant) animals. Anyway, I kept getting kicked out of "family" channels.

"Fucking sheep, the lot of you. Yeah, and your little dogs too." -Rogerborg
[ Parent ]

Its the mother-tongue's version of my last name. (4.25 / 4) (#8)
by cannis on Fri Mar 29, 2002 at 10:20:36 PM EST

In Gaelic my last name is Mac Canis, that's just a short leap to Cannis.

`Course I've also got the nick Pinky, due to a nasty accident with a broken pink gel pen.

I Suck.

"you'd probably be the first to blame women for getting raped too.." - infinitera displaying his best debate tactics.
This nick sounded cool (nt) (4.20 / 5) (#9)
by relayswitch on Fri Mar 29, 2002 at 10:21:09 PM EST

Several Reasons (4.42 / 7) (#10)
by MisterQueue on Fri Mar 29, 2002 at 10:22:06 PM EST

but I'm not spilling the beans. Nope nope nope.

"I'm a geek girl, please rm -rf my pants" -The 'Nista

You don't have to keep your methods secret (4.75 / 4) (#36)
by John Milton on Fri Mar 29, 2002 at 11:35:40 PM EST

If you're perhaps using a proprietary method, I'd suggest contacting your local government patent office. Don't let someone else register your intellectual property.

"When we consider that woman are treated as property, it is degrading to women that we should Treat our children as property to be disposed of as we see fit." -Elizabeth Cady Stanton

[ Parent ]
The only method I have my friend (5.00 / 1) (#121)
by MisterQueue on Sat Mar 30, 2002 at 09:26:45 AM EST

is madness, and THAT, is what keeps me sane.

"But really .. the fault of one goat? Gimme a break. " -mezerow
[ Parent ]

Well (4.16 / 6) (#11)
by Neuromancer on Fri Mar 29, 2002 at 10:24:58 PM EST

I didn't really know anything about my name until recently, but apparently someone wrote a book about me.

I think that anybody who's read it will catch that pun.

Initials (4.25 / 4) (#12)
by sgp on Fri Mar 29, 2002 at 10:25:37 PM EST

My initials are SGP, so where possible, I'm sgp. It's short, concise, honest, but reasonably anonymous. However, I tend to give out my URL, which removes the anonymity...

There are 10 types of people in the world:
Those who understand binary, and those who don't.

Me.. (4.00 / 3) (#13)
by whatwasthatagain on Fri Mar 29, 2002 at 10:25:46 PM EST

My nick's the response of a custumer support person. At the other end of a phone line. After I had spelt out my full name, which is a good 19 characters, not counting whitespaces.

Nowadays, whenever someone asks me to spell my name out, I simply reply "Do you really want to know?", or better still, "It's too long to be spelt out.". It doesn't make them any less helpful than they normally are; I guess they've gotten immune to nuts like me!


With profound apologies to whomsoever this sig originally belonged.

My Nick (4.33 / 3) (#14)
by crashman on Fri Mar 29, 2002 at 10:25:53 PM EST

My nick comes from my old job in the Air Force. I did crash recovery for a few years and thus became crashman. I thought it also fit well with my programming skills (or lack thereof)! I now have another job in the Air Force but I use the nick too many places to change it now.

if you don't already know the story... (4.40 / 5) (#15)
by MFS on Fri Mar 29, 2002 at 10:30:21 PM EST

then you probably don't want to know...

Really, I named myself after a financial institution, I swear!!!

Nope, not me. I must be someone else.

I use two names (4.25 / 4) (#16)
by dcloues on Fri Mar 29, 2002 at 10:34:17 PM EST

I use my first initial and last name for things that I consider important - my email address, K5, other "serious" communities.

My less-serious alter-ego is based on a word from LSSU's Banished Words List: synergist-x. I'd like to think that I started using it before people started overusing it (it was certainly before I saw it on that list). And when I initially used it as domain name for my Dyndns account, it actually explained something about the state of the computer(s) that hosted by webserver. No one's complained about my name yet, thankfully ;)

The truth. (4.08 / 12) (#17)
by RegisteredJustForThisComment on Fri Mar 29, 2002 at 10:34:50 PM EST

I didn't actually RegisterJustForThisComment. I actually originally registered just to cast a -1 vote against a story. The author had posted a diary about how it was going to be dumped, and I thought I could perhaps get the infamous "straw that broke the camel's back" message. I didn't, though; my vote only brought the story to -15. I got on ICQ and asked some friends to -1 it also, but we only got it to -17 or so, because it received a few more +1 votes. It was eventually dumped the next morning, after lingering in the negative double digits. I didn't much care for the author of the story, but recently a friend sent me an IRC log of her talking about how I'd hurt her feelings, and I realized that I've been unfairly harsh towards her. So I re-evaluated my pre-judgement and realized that she wasn't so bad after all. I won't mention her name, but E.S.: you know who you are, and I'm sorry.

Not again (3.50 / 4) (#18)
by Skippy on Fri Mar 29, 2002 at 10:38:26 PM EST

<old guy voice>Back in the day </old guy voice> when K5 was a lot smaller and you actually had a chance of recognizing other site members this was a cool story. Now with uids rapidly approaching (or have we passed) 30,000 it just doesn't have the same appeal.
Also, you could have at least changed the story body text so it didn't say it hadn't come up.

# I am now finished talking out my ass about things that I am not qualified to discuss. #
My [regrettable] nick. (4.60 / 5) (#19)
by kevsan on Fri Mar 29, 2002 at 10:41:17 PM EST

I love these things.

Anyway, my nick came into being back in 1999, when I was a 13 year old who developed a crude fascination with Sailor Moon. [I still occasionally watch animê, but usually more philosophically taxing fare, like Serial Experiments Lain and Cowboy Bebop.] Anyway, I became, for a short while, convinced that I was Japanese. Unfortunately, I began referring to myself as kev-san, entirely ignoring the fact that it's incredibly rude to address yourself with a lofty term of respect. Basically, I established myself as an ignorant fanboy. However, much to my dismay, the nick has stuck. Alas!

my nick (4.16 / 6) (#20)
by Altus on Fri Mar 29, 2002 at 10:42:20 PM EST

Is latin for high :)

"In America, first you get the sugar, then you get the money, then you get the women..." -H. Simpson
sweet sig, btw (nt) (none / 0) (#318)
by mister slim on Fri Apr 05, 2002 at 10:24:32 PM EST


"Fucking sheep, the lot of you. Yeah, and your little dogs too." -Rogerborg
[ Parent ]

RTF-FAQ!!! ;) (4.40 / 5) (#21)
by J'raxis on Fri Mar 29, 2002 at 10:43:00 PM EST

From the jraxis.com FAQ:
My most common alter ego [online] is J’raxis 270145. I invented this name for the name of the Artificial Intelligence in my first Marathon scenario, a simple, stupid-looking gigantic, symmetrical mapfile called Neca Unusquisque! (Almost Latin, meaning “Kill everything!”). This map was never released, by the way, so don’t go looking for it. At the time, the name was spelled Jeraxis. Later, when I made the multilevel Menkalinan scenario, the name was shortened to J’raxis, to make it look more like the alien language, Pfhoric, from the game. I don’t know where the name came from; I was trying to invent a foreign-sounding version of my own name or something.
— The Raxis

[ J’raxis·Com | Liberty in your lifetime ]

well... (4.50 / 4) (#22)
by tarsand on Fri Mar 29, 2002 at 10:43:22 PM EST

I used to work in the Athabasca oil sands, aka 'tar sands' and that's where it came from. Just what happened to pop into my head when I decided to stop lurking after about a year and make a few comments.

"Oh, no, I agree with tarsand!" -- trhurler
Fort Mac? (4.50 / 2) (#29)
by scatbubba on Fri Mar 29, 2002 at 11:04:54 PM EST

Does that mean you lived in Fort Mac?

[ Parent ]
yep (4.50 / 2) (#35)
by tarsand on Fri Mar 29, 2002 at 11:31:44 PM EST

Crappy little town it is - sure has character though.

"Oh, no, I agree with tarsand!" -- trhurler
[ Parent ]
Mine's boring (3.60 / 5) (#23)
by vadim on Fri Mar 29, 2002 at 10:45:45 PM EST

I just use my real name. I used to have some rather silly nicks in the past though. I remember using Mithrandir in IRC, and changed that for a while to 'SunShine' to talk to somebody 'MoonLight' :-)

After I joined an online community I simply decided to stick with my real name.
<@chani> I *cannot* remember names. but I did memorize 214 digits of pi once.

Oh well. (4.28 / 7) (#26)
by quartz on Fri Mar 29, 2002 at 10:55:24 PM EST

Quoting from mineral galleries: quartz is the most common mineral on the face of the Earth. It is found in nearly every geological environment and is at least a component of almost every rock type. It frequently is the primary mineral, >98%.

I noticed that everybody chooses their nicknames to show how unique and special they are, so I chose "quartz" as a tribute to my mediocrity. Somebody's got to be average, no?

Fuck 'em if they can't take a joke, and fuck 'em even if they can.
actually (5.00 / 1) (#86)
by demi on Sat Mar 30, 2002 at 03:35:02 AM EST

most of the silicon dioxide in the earth's crust is amorphous, so it's not quartz (although it may be called quartzite as a mineral or something along those lines). True quartz is a single-crystal isomorph, like the big prisms, but not like sand or most ores.

[ Parent ]

It's my name in real life, and (3.83 / 6) (#27)
by Patrick Bateman 10005 on Fri Mar 29, 2002 at 10:58:20 PM EST

the ZIP code of my tony Manhattan penthouse.

FEED ME A CAT -nt- (5.00 / 3) (#47)
by CaptainSuperBoy on Sat Mar 30, 2002 at 12:14:47 AM EST

jimmysquid.com - I take pictures.
[ Parent ]
cicero (ki-ke-ro, sis-er-o) (4.33 / 3) (#28)
by cicero on Fri Mar 29, 2002 at 11:04:00 PM EST

came from 1997'ish, there was a quake server that I used to play on all the time. Cicero was the name of the guy that ran it. It was awesome. I was at UCSC, and we had just gotten ethernet to our dorm rooms. I was playing on my roommates computer, and for the most part, kicking a good deal of ass. of course, the difference between and hpb and an lpb at the time was 100x what it is now (and I was most certainly and lpb), so I have to credit quite a few frags to that.


and to think I didn't believe my dad when he told me that one day I'd wake up in my mid 20's and say "where the hell did all those years go?!?!"
who'd of thought that parents could be so damn smart? :\

I am sorry Cisco, for Microsoft has found a new RPC flaw - tonight your e0 shall be stretched wide like goatse.
A Bad Religion song (4.83 / 6) (#30)
by Delirium on Fri Mar 29, 2002 at 11:08:36 PM EST

The Bad Religion song "Delirium of Disorder," from their 1987 album Suffer, to be specific. I like the song, in particular the following lines:
I am just an atom in an ectoplasmic sea
without direction or a reason to exist,
but this anechoic nebula rotating in my brain
is persuading me, contritely, to persist
I use it in most places, though for a brief period I used Trepidity instead (same meaning as trepidation; trepidity is an archaic form of the word, but fits in Undernet/EFnet 9-char nick length limits). I'm back to using Delirium everywhere now, except that I still use Trepidity on Slashdot because I don't want to give up my 597 UID.

You get 5 (5.00 / 1) (#41)
by MisterQueue on Sat Mar 30, 2002 at 12:04:45 AM EST

for BR referrence alone.

"I'm a geek girl, please rm -rf my pants" -The 'Nista
[ Parent ]

Sometimes Delirium... (3.66 / 3) (#64)
by rusty on Sat Mar 30, 2002 at 01:41:05 AM EST

...is stranger than fiction.

I wanna know why Hemingway cracked...

[ Parent ]

Names, names, names (4.80 / 5) (#31)
by Pseudoephedrine on Fri Mar 29, 2002 at 11:09:56 PM EST

I have nine or so, counting RL nicknames and tags.

Reverend John David Liberty Bell Jr. the Fifth (real, full name. Funny story: I don't respond to 'John' without thinking about it)

Rev (nickname, diminutive of 'Reverend', what most people call me these days)

J.D. and "J" (Grandfather got to use 'John', father got 'David', I got the left-overs. Anyone who uses these has pretty much known me since childhood)

Heraclitus (livejournal and ars technica name)

Quine and Butane (IRC names)

Diogenes (name I use for filling out electronic forms and other spam-accumulating activities)

Seraph (my name in most online communities, on ICQ/Trillian, and anywhere else I can; this is my most common online name)

Pseudoephedrine (I picked this one and use it mostly for filling out other electronic forms, registering software, and posting on kuro5hin.org. It's my 'backup' name when all the others are taken)

SeraphtheSilver (the original modification I used to use when 'Seraph' was taken. Name of my hotmail address. I mostly used it back when I used to post on the Middle Earth Online message boards back in '99 before Sierra fucked it up)

Thomas Mhaoil (my 'real' sounding pseudonym for signing forms I don't want to sign. Mhaoil is the old gaelic spelling of 'Bell' and means 'Bald' if I remember correctly. I picked Thomas because a couple of my personal heroes were named Thomas [St.Thomas, Thomas Paine, Thomas Jefferson, etc.])

I collect names pretty easily, and I mostly use them to clarify my relation to a particular person rather than as a self-identifier (someone who calls me "Heraclitus" met me through livejournal, while someone who calls me 'Rev' met me at university). I don't really self-identify with any name in particular, so it's not much of an issue for me, so long as the person in question knows that they're speaking to me.

"We who have passed through their hands feel suffocated when we think of that legion, which is stripped bare of human ideals" -Alexander Solzhenitsyn
well (4.33 / 3) (#32)
by eyespots on Fri Mar 29, 2002 at 11:14:22 PM EST

check out where I got my nick here.

Messed up, I know.

It IS messed up :) (5.00 / 1) (#105)
by Jel on Sat Mar 30, 2002 at 06:40:47 AM EST

Actually, it is.. it won't play in my browser (yes.. I have flash =)

any hints what it's about?

[ Parent ]
it doesn't run by itself (none / 0) (#115)
by eyespots on Sat Mar 30, 2002 at 08:11:25 AM EST

You have to press on the arrows on the bottom of the screen to move the comic left/right. It that doesn't work, here's a quick summary version:

Comic strip stick figure gets attacked by bird. He subsequently decides to put eyespots all over himself to scare off any creatures. As he's bragging about his idea, a crocodile comes up and tries to eat him, to which he yells "SWEET JESUS IT DOES NOT FEAR THE EYESPOTS".

Odd, I know.

[ Parent ]

No special reason (5.00 / 4) (#33)
by John Milton on Fri Mar 29, 2002 at 11:14:40 PM EST

I'm not the kind of person to use my real name online. I'm probably more paranoid about my privacy than most people. Even in my day to day routine, I don't like giving people I don't know lots of personal information about myself unless their in some kind of service positions. It's funny. I'm not really bothered by businesses asking for stuff like my social security number. On the other hand, it annoys me when even people that I see every day want to know things like what town I live in and what not. So that's why I don't use my real name.

As for why I use this nick, I was in a pretty depressed mood when I first registered at K5. I happen to have a copy of Milton on my desk. It's still there right now. I came across these bits.

horror and doubt distract
His troubled thoughts, and from the bottom stir
The Hell within him, for within him Hell
He brings, and round about him, nor from Hell
One step no more than from himself can fly
By change of place.
Me miserable! which way shall I fly
Infinite wrath, and infinite despair?
Which way I fly is Hell; myself am Hell;
And in the lowest deep a lower deep
Still threatening to devour me opens wide,
To which the Hell I suffer seems a Heaven

Milton's good reading for depression. Besides, I got sick of using nicks like bingoboy99 and other crap like that. I first registered this nick at k5, but now I use it everwhere. It's usually never registered, and I'm very defensive of it now. If I can't register my nick I don't even want to register at all. Oddly, it seems some people thought I was british considering my email address and my nick. Admittedly, I was also experimenting at the time with using British English. I stopped that since I seemed to get some hostility. I genuinely love the flavour of British English. Getting back to the mother tongue and all. Unfortunately, some people seem to see it as pretentiousness.

"When we consider that woman are treated as property, it is degrading to women that we should Treat our children as property to be disposed of as we see fit." -Elizabeth Cady Stanton

Once again, a boring reason :P (5.00 / 3) (#34)
by mrbkap on Fri Mar 29, 2002 at 11:30:42 PM EST

IRL my name is Blake Kaplan. By not-to-great mental effort, one can arrive at mrbkap (mr + first inital + first 3 letters of last name). I don't know how I came up with it, just popped into my head one day. I think I was using it for Battlenet with Starcraft...
boyhood hero (5.00 / 2) (#37)
by SocratesGhost on Fri Mar 29, 2002 at 11:47:08 PM EST

and yet I know that I can only be in the shadow of his legacy.

I drank what?

Are you sure (none / 0) (#220)
by Faux Pseudo on Sun Mar 31, 2002 at 03:14:03 AM EST

How do you know that you can be just a shadow of his legacy?
How does this make you feel?
Is it healthy to aspire to be more than a shadow?
Do you like the taste of hemloc?
Have you curupted any youth lately?
Do you want to be a scapegoat for what youf feel is the bad policies of your democracy?

/ok i wll stop now
GUI's are like dipers. Everyone growes out of them.
[ Parent ]
My nick (3.50 / 2) (#38)
by mewse on Fri Mar 29, 2002 at 11:56:55 PM EST

Back in my early IRC days, I was just 'mew'. And then Pokemon hit, and I became barraged by questions about whether I was a Pokemon fan -- apparently one of the Pokemon had been given the name 'mew'. Eventually these persistant questions became annoying enough that I decided to change my nick to escape them.

A friend of mine at the time went by the nick of 'demos' (demos, if you're out there, contact me!), but was more frequently referred to as 'moose'. 'Mewse' was a blending of mew, muse, and moose. And it has the added bonus that I haven't yet found that user name to be already taken.


Random (4.50 / 2) (#39)
by ubernostrum on Fri Mar 29, 2002 at 11:57:36 PM EST

I needed something slightly amusing (to me) and distinct enough that I wouldn't have to mangle it to use across multiple sites. Then I was playing You Don't Know Jack one day and one of the commercials in the background was for a wonder-product called UBERNOSTRUM (they really do say it that loudly). It worked, and I now have a slew of free-registration accounts under the nick ubernostrum. As far as I know, there's only one other "ubernostrum" out there and he/she/it frequents message boards of alternative rock bands that I don't like. And I had it before him/her/it (*sticks tongue out at the False Ubernostrum*).

You cooin' with my bird?

Years and years ago... (5.00 / 3) (#40)
by rebelcool on Sat Mar 30, 2002 at 12:02:07 AM EST

back when i was either 13 or 14 i felt it somewhat described my line of thinking. Now it's in so many places its difficult to change.

But I go by other nicks in other areas where i don't have a known presence..like wolfenstein or a few others where i go by TheDirtyNacho.

That I don't really have a good story for. I think I was high when I came up with it...

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DarkZero... (5.00 / 4) (#42)
by DarkZero on Sat Mar 30, 2002 at 12:06:00 AM EST

Eight years ago, in 1994, Mega Man X2 was released on the Super Nintendo. It was the sequel to the first spin-off of the Mega Man series, Mega Man X, and it actually had a story (blasphemy for 2D platformers in 1994), albeit a simple one. The game's bishounen (Japanese for "beautiful young boy"... it's a long story) supporting character, Zero, had been kidnapped and torn apart by the game's villain, Sigma. The plot of the game was basically X going through the regular Mega Man stuff (eight bosses, rock-paper-scissors with their powers, etc.), but occasionally making detours to fight the "X Hunters", a team of mercenaries that were each holding different parts of Zero hostage. If you manage to find all of the hidden areas that they're holed up in, the plot changes to reflect what you've done, and you get the "good" sequence of events toward the end. (Yes, this all has a point in a moment)

When you get to the last boss, Sigma, he's accompanied by a black version of Zero, standing tall, proud, evil, and generally bad-ass by Sigma's side. Three seconds later, he is utterly annihilated by the real Zero (FuX0r!). Even though he was around for only three seconds, I became sort of attached to him because he was so cool, so I dubbed him "DarkZero" and chose that as my online name in 1994. I found out a few years later that, coincidentally, the developers became very fond of that three seconds of bad-ass evil clone too, because DarkZero has appeared, in one form or another, in every single Mega Man X game since. In some games he's been a secret character, in others he's been featured in an alternate ending, and in some he's been just an upgrade for Zero... but he's always been there, tucked away just beneath the radar of the casual gamer. He's even a pretty rare model in the Japanese line of Mega Man action figure kits, though I've never actually gotten to buy one.

I thought that would be a shorter story, but at least it has a lot of meaning for this lone, obsessed gamer.

I'm Stuck in Mega Man X4 (5.00 / 2) (#68)
by snowlion on Sat Mar 30, 2002 at 02:01:28 AM EST

I forget if it's Mega Man X4 or X5, but I'm stuck in this part where you have to kill the major baddies all in a row, with only one life.

I swear, it is not possible!

There's the spider guy that goes up and down, there is the digital cyber-peacock guy, there's the underwater guy who submerges beneath you, and a whole bunch of others. They cannot be defeated!


By the way, I Love Video Games. Deeply. Personally. It's an intricate part of my Spirituality. Everything I needed to know in Life, I learned in Final Fantasy 6. And Secret of Mana. And Wild Arms. And uh... A whole lot of games. =^_^=

I need to write a K5 story about it some day...

Be not alone in your game playing. STAND IN SOLIDARITY.

Map Your Thoughts
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MST3K (4.80 / 5) (#43)
by Torgos Pizza on Sat Mar 30, 2002 at 12:08:41 AM EST

I kinda felt sorry for poor old John Anderson who played Torgo in the infamous movie Manos: The Hands of Fate. In MST3K, they did a skit where Torgo has a pizza parlor called Torgo's Pizza. Of course, Torgo has to carry the breadsticks in his pants. It keeps them warm somehow.

Normally I just go by Torgo, but occasionally someone else is using it so I use the old standby pizza palor name as a backup.

I intend to live forever, or die trying.

yes!! (none / 0) (#79)
by omegadan on Sat Mar 30, 2002 at 03:05:10 AM EST

I'd been meaning to ask you if that was where it was from! Ive seen your posts around ... :)

That is hands down the worst excuse for a movie I've ever seen ... Even as a diehard MST3k fan it was diffcult to watch :)

Religion is a gateway psychosis. - Dave Foley
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The origins of my nicks (4.66 / 3) (#44)
by eviltwin on Sat Mar 30, 2002 at 12:09:34 AM EST

I find this one interesting as so often you see a nick and wonder "where did they come up with that"

On K5 and many other sites - i use 'eviltwin' - this came about when some of the guys i worked with gave it to me - apparently (i have a reputation for being nice to people most of the time)when i got angry they used to tell people it was my eviltwin and not me, and it's sort of gone from there.

my nick on slashdot is 'q-soe' - that came about when i was trying to think of a nick no one knew and saw the signs I had put on computers when they had been upgraded to the SOE (Stanard Operating Environment) they said Q (for Queensland)-Soe - and the legend was born (yeah lazy i know)

My IRC and ICQ is 'Amon-Ra' - I read a lot of egyptology and i just chose it one day.

Boring Reasons i know but there you have it

All generalisations are false, including this one.
my nick (4.66 / 3) (#45)
by Anonymous 23477 on Sat Mar 30, 2002 at 12:09:36 AM EST

first name plus something from the begining of a Monty Python CD I have.

James Joyce (5.00 / 4) (#46)
by shoeboy on Sat Mar 30, 2002 at 12:14:23 AM EST

Tricky Dicky Tierney the mean little shoeboy of hell appears in his "The Dubliners."

Do you believe that?

No more trolls!

Full disclosure (4.50 / 2) (#48)
by Cal Jayson on Sat Mar 30, 2002 at 12:21:40 AM EST

I am only about 7 years old in my technology life. In that time I have gone by a couple names.
  • nordwick is what I have used for my login name on almost every system (and my dns entry nordwick.org). It is my last name.
  • When I used to terrorize the Quake servers I went by JungleBeavis. This was shamelessly stolen from somebody else in the XCF, but it fit my agressive Quake style very well, and besides it gave me great taunts to yell at people. Ask Sandy about JungleBeavis on the quake servers.
  • Jayson is what I use when available. This is a variation on my name.
  • CalJayson (and derivatives) is what I use when Jayson is taken. I went to Cal (aka UC Berkeley).
  • Tola is the name of a biblical judge of Israel (see my diary entry for more information). I got this name when I had my first public DJ set (spinning psytrance and recently jungle).
I feel so inadequate with so few names, call it nick envy. If anybody would like to give me more names, please feel free to.
kx.com: 2.5 billion trades
select max price from trade takes 1 second
snowlion = snow + lion (4.60 / 5) (#49)
by snowlion on Sat Mar 30, 2002 at 12:23:30 AM EST

  1. I love snow, winter.
  2. I changed my name to Lion in my senior year of high school, following using it (and "Sat Nam") on the LambdaMOO all summer. I carried it into college, but chose to drop it when applying for a job. My employer saw some of my old sample code, and found "Lion" attached to it, and then introduced me as "Lion" around the office. Since my name did not go away, and I liked it, I decided to keep it.

I combined the two to make "snowlion" here. I think I was influenced to make the combination by a picture I used to keep on my old [embarrasing] web page. (DO see my highschool winter ball picture.)

Map Your Thoughts
I like it... (none / 0) (#108)
by Jel on Sat Mar 30, 2002 at 06:53:42 AM EST

It reminds me of Snow Leopards, which rock :)

[ Parent ]
My dumb nickname (5.00 / 2) (#50)
by CaptainSuperBoy on Sat Mar 30, 2002 at 12:30:28 AM EST

This is a dumb name I made up when registering for Slashdot.. I am neither a captain, nor am I super, and I am no longer a boy.

I use Rhobite at any site I register for nowadays.. it's a monster from Final Fantasy 6 and I actually like that name. Yes, it's a cross between a rabbit and a robot. Maybe I should register that here..

I also use INTEROCITOR (mst3k / "this island earth" reference) or KAGA TAKESHI (IRON-CHEFFU reference) when playing Half-Life TFC, where I make a point to be as obnoxious as possible. I've played TFC for 3 years, I'm really good at it, and I want absolutely nothing to do with the morons who play it now. I went through my Quake days and I found that I enjoyed the game but hated the players. Bunch of loser kids who think they're badasses.

Oh and, my 'troll' account here has gained a small amount of recognition.. not on the level of say, Ken Pompadour, but you might recognize the name, if i told you........

jimmysquid.com - I take pictures.

Netscape Navigator 2 (4.80 / 5) (#51)
by onyxruby on Sat Mar 30, 2002 at 12:33:37 AM EST

I was taking a HTML class in college when I had to choose a nick to get online at school and get email. I recall having a terribly hard time trying to come up with something original, everything that I thought was cool at the time I quickly discovered was far from original. I eventually gave up and simple merged onyx & ruby and it has stuck since then. On my bookshelf I spot a (well used) Netscape Navigator 2 for Windows 3.1 book, so I'd say it's been at least since 94'-95', probably closer to 93'.

The moon is covered with the results of astronomical odds.

igiveones (none / 0) (#236)
by onyxruby on Sun Mar 31, 2002 at 02:55:21 PM EST

Can igiveones please give an explanation on why they thought this deserved a "1"?

The moon is covered with the results of astronomical odds.
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Mold (4.75 / 4) (#52)
by mold on Sat Mar 30, 2002 at 12:38:38 AM EST

Originally I was Kindle, because for some reason whenever I would do something, it seemingly caused many other people to do what I was doing.

Here I chose mold, because I always felt like I was creeping out of nowhere when I posted, unlike most of the regulars here.

Most of the time, I'm Caear. It is the name of my primary character on Everquest, Bristlebane server. It just sort of creeped into real life, since almost all of my friends now play EQ.

Beware of peanuts! There's a 0.00001% peanut fatality rate in the USA alone! You could be next!
I dunno (4.66 / 3) (#53)
by shrike7 on Sat Mar 30, 2002 at 12:45:40 AM EST

My usual nickname's Crazy Ivan, but that sounds incredibly pretentious if you're not pretending to shoot things. So I ripped off an old nickname of a friend of mine.
Found it,... (4.75 / 4) (#54)
by Kaki Nix Sain on Sat Mar 30, 2002 at 12:57:14 AM EST

... the University I attended, like many others, has lists of alumni here and there. I liked the look of "Kaki Sain", and then found "Nix" in the middle of another name. Putting them together gave me something that sounds distinctinve and hints at insanity.

I'm actually thinking about ditching this name and going to my real one, but I can't decide if that is a good idea or not. Anyone have good, compelling reasons either way? I've also thought about switching my real name to this one.

Because... (5.00 / 3) (#69)
by Pseudoephedrine on Sat Mar 30, 2002 at 02:07:55 AM EST

...then I'd wonder what happened to the guy who used to give me 5's on all my comments ;D

"We who have passed through their hands feel suffocated when we think of that legion, which is stripped bare of human ideals" -Alexander Solzhenitsyn
[ Parent ]
I figured I would have to... (none / 0) (#212)
by Kaki Nix Sain on Sat Mar 30, 2002 at 11:03:47 PM EST

... do a pair of diary entries. One for Kaki's exit and another for _____'s entrance. Now, I'm thinking that I'll just stick with Kaki. Thanks for giving another good reason.

[ Parent ]

Gibichungs (4.33 / 6) (#55)
by gibichung on Sat Mar 30, 2002 at 12:59:32 AM EST

The Gibichungs are from Richard Wagner's Götterdämmerung (The Twilight of the Gods). Götterdämmerung is the fourth and final opera in Der Ring des Nibelungen.

The Gibichungs are literally "children of Gibich." Gibich was a famous hero and his children Gunther and Gutrune, despite their accomplishments, live in the shadow of his greatness. From the beginning, they are seeking to distinguish themselves from their father. Unfortunately, they mistake their half-brother Hagen's cunning for wisdom. (The three share the same mother; he is not a Gibichung.)

Hagen has his own agenda, and he exploits their vain ambition for his own gain. They are convinced that a small betrayal can get them the fame they desire, but are kept in the dark as to what end they're really working toward. When Gunther finally realizes how he's been used, he's too late to stop Hagen from murdering Siegfried (the hero) under the pretext of defending Gunther's honor. Gunther dies trying to keep Hagen from Siegfried's ring. When Gutrune finally understands the depth of her betrayal, she's too ashamed to leave Gunther's body; she is killed when the Gibichung Hall collapses.

I chose the nickname, not because I particularly admire the Gibichungs, but because it reminds me of the value of truthfulness and of just how destructive vanity can be.

"No man is above the law and no man is below it; nor do we ask any man's permission when we require him to obey it." -- Theodore Roosevelt

I got mine... (3.66 / 3) (#56)
by sudog on Sat Mar 30, 2002 at 01:00:58 AM EST

...thinking it was that halo around the sun that you can sometimes see. It's not quite a rainbow, more like just a nasty illusion that hurts your eyes. It can also appear around the moon.

Unfortunately I forgot there was an 'n' in it. But at least now I have a unique, made-up word that no one else has and is pretty much unique to me, some river in Ukraine, a gaming group, and a bunch of asian people.

Fine, it's not unique to me. :) But it's my domain name. :P

Assigned by the state (4.50 / 2) (#57)
by gunner800 on Sat Mar 30, 2002 at 01:14:23 AM EST

Mine was derived from the license plate on my first car: GNR-800. I encountered a need for a nickname, had no good ideas, and picked this. Now whenever I make a comment about guns, I have no credibility.

---Ignore poorly-chosen handle for purpose of gun-control discussions.
Depends (4.00 / 4) (#58)
by notafurry on Sat Mar 30, 2002 at 01:16:13 AM EST

My K5 nick is only on K5, I do not use it anywhere else. My normal nick is the one I originally registered, and use everywhere else. It's derived from an old story, and I use it for many, many things. And no, I'm not going to say what it is. <G>

High school. (4.75 / 4) (#59)
by seebs on Sat Mar 30, 2002 at 01:16:47 AM EST

Last name "Seebach", which became "Seebs". This was just a common nickname construction rule; Jon Oken was "Oaks", etcetera. "First syllable of last name plus s". It became my online nick because my first name abbreviates the same as my dad's first name, and I was at the college he was at, and there were amusing mistakes involving mail sent to "seebacha" which should have gone to "seebach", or vice versa; I eventually convinced them to give me a totally different nick, and have used it everywhere ever since. I am seebs@ more domains than I can remember these days.

Short story by Orson Scott Card (4.66 / 3) (#60)
by dogwalker on Sat Mar 30, 2002 at 01:21:33 AM EST

ps. Getting To Know You stories are kind of lame.
share and enjoy

Lame (4.33 / 6) (#63)
by rusty on Sat Mar 30, 2002 at 01:37:20 AM EST

But they're lame in the way that college mixers are lame, where everyone is kind of sheepish and knows how lame they're being, but you all do it anyway, and in the end, you learn some things about people, and bond through the shared lameness. :-)

Not the real rusty
[ Parent ]
Cooking. (5.00 / 6) (#61)
by Spatula on Sat Mar 30, 2002 at 01:24:31 AM EST

When I registered this nick here, I was using lynx and screwed up. It's supposed to be Count Spatula. I got that name from when I really started getting into cooking and realized that I wasn't nearly as good as I wanted to be. In a flash, it came to me. There's Count Chocula and Count Dracula. Why not Count Spatula, The Culinary Vampire? It fits, as my cooking sucks.

The cool thing about Count Spatula is that he can only be killed with a floppy plastic spatula through the heart.

As you can imagine, this nick gets a fair amount of laughter from others on the quake servers.
someday I'll find something to put here.

Spike and Mikes Sick and Twisted Animation Fest (5.00 / 2) (#62)
by NoNeckJoe on Sat Mar 30, 2002 at 01:35:50 AM EST

Where else?

And I have no neck. And my name is Joe. Really! I'm not lying!

a dictionary (5.00 / 1) (#67)
by sesquiped on Sat Mar 30, 2002 at 01:55:12 AM EST

So one day my sister and I were really bored, so we started looking through a dictionary at random looking for cool words. We found stuff like "pneumonoultramicrosilicovolcanoneosis" (probably not spelled entirely accurately), and some more, and then happened upon "sesquipedalian," by accident. I thought it was a pretty damn cool word, since it describes itself, like polysyllabic and unhyphenated. (If you want more, try Google's first hit for "autological".) Anyway, I tried using it as a nick on a few places, but I got tired of typing the whole thing, so I shortened it to just "sesquiped." Etymologically and literally, "sesquiped" should mean "one and a half feet."

Woot! (none / 0) (#75)
by daniels on Sat Mar 30, 2002 at 02:42:17 AM EST

Ah yes ... I used to use "impetuous sesquipedilian" to confuse people; not that impetuous is at all a big word, but what can I say? Our school was full of dumbarses. I had a great deal of trouble convincing people that that was actually a real word.
somewhere in space, this may all be happening right now
[ Parent ]
Hey daniels (none / 0) (#77)
by silsor on Sat Mar 30, 2002 at 02:51:56 AM EST

Where'd you get your nick? I can't figure it out.

✠  Patron saint of unmoderated (none / 0) top-level comments.
[ Parent ]
Hey silsor (none / 0) (#260)
by daniels on Mon Apr 01, 2002 at 08:57:08 AM EST

Ask Chris the Fuzzball or someone, they'll tell ya. Say hi to #lg and your parents for me, Marc/Sean devilspawn. :)
somewhere in space, this may all be happening right now
[ Parent ]
Antisesquipedalialism! (none / 0) (#114)
by I am Jack's username on Sat Mar 30, 2002 at 07:53:17 AM EST

My favorite serendipitous dictionary word is boustrophedonic (which I should rfe at bugzilla).
Inoshiro for president!
"War does not determine who is right - only who is left." - Bertrand Russell
[ Parent ]
Rather boring (5.00 / 1) (#70)
by ggeens on Sat Mar 30, 2002 at 02:35:58 AM EST

Most IT departments use the same way to allocate login names: first letter of first name, first seven letters of last name. Except for a few systems where the admins decide to use a numeric ID, this has been my login name.

At first, I didn't like it, but after a while I got used to it.

It has been in most of my email addresses as well. (I was really pissed when Hotmail told me I couldn't have ggeens@hotmail.com.

L'enfer, c'est les huîtres.

bhethe (5.00 / 1) (#291)
by BlowCat on Mon Apr 01, 2002 at 10:49:42 PM EST

One of my colleagues had login name "bhethe". Her name was Brigitte Hetherington. I remember how much fun it was to run "finger bhethe"

[ Parent ]
Mythical Beast (5.00 / 2) (#71)
by Da Unicorn on Sat Mar 30, 2002 at 02:38:52 AM EST

Unicorn was my CB radio handle 3 decades ago when I drove semi over the road and it had its origins in the rumour that I was one horny S.O.B

One horny beast= Unicorn== Da Unicorn.


Erm, which one? (4.50 / 2) (#72)
by daniels on Sat Mar 30, 2002 at 02:39:34 AM EST

When I started IRCing (I was only 10 at the time and already corrupted by Undernet, *sigh*), I was Planet9, which stemmed from a discussion held in "science" (pfft, yeah) while playing with Lego (and this is yr7 science, people!), when we came up with that as the name for a website. We never got around to the website, so I just flogged the name.

During that time, my alternate nick was Blubber, because a) it sounded cool, and b) I was. I later went into _Elwood_ because I loved the Blues Brothers, and JakeHuong, because all variations of Jake were taken and I felt like a psuedonym. I also took EkinCheng (Cantopop star, not that I like Cantopop), and later {Lil,Tiny}{One,Bro} (don't ask; just don't ask).

Then, in another burst of originality, I flogged a friend's old ICQ nick for Tamriel, and later l33tified it to [TaMRieL] (ugh). I later got sick of this, and later went to DanielS/DannyS, which is my K5 nick. On Messenger, I'm either Bessie the Moocow, or 'a fly can't bird but a bird can fly' (IRC in-joke), depending on which city I'm in at the time.

I'm sure I've adopted various other nicks, but I can't remember them.

I hope you've enjoyed your trawl through the nick history of DanielS. :)
somewhere in space, this may all be happening right now
Strange-love (4.50 / 2) (#73)
by Doktor Merkwuerdigliebe on Sat Mar 30, 2002 at 02:40:52 AM EST

I think a lot of K5'ers already know where my nick comes from. It is the original German name of Dr. Strangelove from the Kubrick film of the same name and it's mentioned once in that film. It's not my only on-line alias, nor is this one wholly unique I believe, but at least I have the correct spelling ;), as one mostly encounters the incorrect version "Merkwurdigliebe", without the umlaut. The only reason the username has the replacement "e" instead of the umlaut is that K5 apparently doesn't (didn't?) support such characters there.

Also Sprach Doktor Merkwürdigliebe...
A license plate (5.00 / 4) (#74)
by imrdkl on Sat Mar 30, 2002 at 02:42:16 AM EST

I Am Roadkill (for a fast car, obviously)

Umm.. (none / 0) (#324)
by BadDoggie on Wed Apr 10, 2002 at 11:43:12 AM EST

That would be "IMKRDKL" or "I Make Roadkill" (some states let you have 7 or 8 characters). IMRDKL says you're a squirrel or opossum chattin' in the middle of the road with Uncle Darwin.

My nick? Started in IRC. It sounded funny calling myself "bad" while using the diminutive and cutsie spelling, and as an operator, let me have extra fun with all kinds of personalised dog-based kick/ban scripts.

In the early '80s I was MrMicro (OK, OK... MRMICRO -- we didn't have lowercase back then); the people at work (big iron sysop) teased me about my free time obsession with 6502 and 8080/Z80 machinery.


Oh... IRL I like cats, not dogs.

Truth is stranger than fiction because fiction has to make sense.
[ Parent ]

All things omega ... (4.50 / 2) (#76)
by omegadan on Sat Mar 30, 2002 at 02:45:36 AM EST

I really like this topic :)

before the internet *cough* I used to be called "Publius" on all the bbs's around ... Then when the internet became avaliable, I got on and found out *everyone and their fucking mother* was using the nick Publius. I was even getting in fights on IRC with people who claimed it was their nick ...

So I needed a new nickname, I was/am a big sting fan, so I wanted to be named OmegaMan (after the song) but, some fucker was squating on the domain omegaman.com, I took that as a sign that this nick would not be unique ... Being named dan, Im used to having my name folded, spindled, mutilated, and rhymed with "man" ... at the time I was working at a subway, and we had this titty german blonde girl who was the *definition* of lust (rachel if your out there ... :D) Anyways one day she wanted to know what my AOL IM screen name was, and I didn't have one ... so I went home and got AOL IM (never intending to use it again) and registered "OmegaDan1" (it woudln't give me omegadan -- AOL wont give out names without numbers to IM-only clients, and dont try and message me, the nick got hijacked last year, "OD1M" for those now interested), a clever mix of the juxtapositions I'd been hearing for years, and the nick I wanted, "OmegaMan" . :)

So thats how I got my name, trying to imply sexual prowess to a titty german girl I never got more then a kiss from (I almost got her to show me her chest once, but my god damn boss walked in!:) Can you ask for a lamer story ? ... :) That was 5 years ago, and I guess its as good a name as any ... I own the TLD's for omegadan and it is my stage name now (or will be when I start performing), so I now consider myself to be the official guardian of the Last name, OmegaDan :)

thanks for posting all the cool stories people :)

Religion is a gateway psychosis. - Dave Foley

Let's see... (5.00 / 2) (#78)
by codespace on Sat Mar 30, 2002 at 02:56:51 AM EST

Let me give you a chonological breakdown of the nicknames I've held:

Timmy: My real name is Timothy, and as a child, everyone called me Timmy. I loathe this nickname.

Tim: Current shortened form of my real name, and my preferrence.

Spook: Used this as my very first IRC nickname, but I stopped using it after about a month when someone called me racist for using it. I was 13 at the time, and about as naive(sp?) as a newborn, so I didn't understand how 'Spook' was racist. Either way, I changed it to...

BooBoy: I used this one for about 6 months, as a suitable replacement for Spook. Dumb nickname.

Sleepy: This was my IRC nickname for a solid 6 years running. I was nicknamed this because when I was like 14 or something, and into drinking and whatnot, I'd often start complaining about being sleepy. The nickname just kinda stuck.

codespace: This is one of my current nicknames, and it's the one I use mostly for posting to blogs. It's derived from the term used to describe mIRC's old filesize limits (30k). Running out of codespace was a common problem. Also, it was the name of my first decent mIRC script.

Ender: After playing on Battle.net as Sleepy for awhile, I became incredibly arrogant. My scores for StarCraft Brood Wars were pretty insanely high, ranked in the top 200. So, I switched to a new account. Named after Ender Wiggin, of "Ender's Game" (Orson Scott Card) fame, Ender was undefeated in every single battle in which he participated. It seemed fitting at the time. Now, it's my nickname in every game I play online.

I think that fairly well covers everything.

today on how it's made: kitchen knives, mannequins, socks and hypodermic needles.
Timmy (none / 0) (#216)
by timmyd on Sun Mar 31, 2002 at 12:37:08 AM EST

I'm quite the opposite, I hate Tim, and I prefer being called Timmy. Even though I get a lot of TIMMAY!'s I chose timmyd as my nick because timmy was taken I think. Or at least because it was on /.

[ Parent ]
Getting To Know You (4.00 / 1) (#80)
by xriso on Sat Mar 30, 2002 at 03:05:43 AM EST

the logical language - "xriso" is like a noun for the english word "Christian". I use mi_xriso (I am Christian) where xriso is already taken.

I still love logic, and I still love God. The name will likely be with me for a long time. I might even learn the language one day.

Right now, my incredibly immense powers of logic are telling me that I should get to sleep soon. But do I listen? Of course not.
*** Quits: xriso:#kuro5hin (Forever)

demi (4.66 / 3) (#81)
by demi on Sat Mar 30, 2002 at 03:08:28 AM EST

started out on a VAX system in 1990 as Ur (I was in high school, and my HS used a university VAX). Then I became Demiurge after I learned a little about Gnosticism (from reading some PKD). I used to play as Demiurge on iFrag, Quake, Counter-Strike, etc. I left it like that, sometimes using Empyreal instead, for quite a long time until I settled on demi as a shortened version. I used a number of aliases in my USENET days, but I cannot remember what half of them were (plenty were one-time 'Saturday Night Specials' if you know what I mean).

I might change soon because there is a user named Demiurge on k5 now. I've already got a good nick in mind, too.

Nick (5.00 / 1) (#82)
by Dvesto7 on Sat Mar 30, 2002 at 03:11:57 AM EST

My nick is very simple; in slovenian (my native language) Dvesto7 means two hundred and seven. It also is my height (in centimeters). Well it was, at the time I adopted it - now it is 209 cm (6' 9' for the Americans)

'webwench' (4.00 / 2) (#84)
by webwench on Sat Mar 30, 2002 at 03:24:06 AM EST

A work friend dubbed me 'webwench' back in, oh, 1997 I guess. I liked it and have kept it ever since.

Alien Moose (4.75 / 4) (#87)
by raaymoose on Sat Mar 30, 2002 at 03:42:37 AM EST

A combination of two words:

Raayat - from Raayat Tyr, which is a subtype of an alien speices in the book "The Madness Season" by CS Friedman (I fancied looking tough like the beast on the cover when I was younger)
and moose, which is my favourite ungulate, though some would say an unhealthy obsession.

Hmm... (4.00 / 2) (#88)
by Danse on Sat Mar 30, 2002 at 03:45:50 AM EST

I've been using this nick since my BBSing days. Was originally using Danse Macabre, but then I found out there was a BBS by that name, so I just shortened it to Danse. Don't even remember now why I started using the name. It just sorta stuck. I've used a few others since then, but this is my longest running nick.

An honest debate between Bush and Kerry
Take a wild, wild guess. (4.00 / 2) (#89)
by pwhysall on Sat Mar 30, 2002 at 04:09:01 AM EST

K5 Editors
I'm going to wager that the story keeps getting dumped because it is a steaming pile of badly formatted fool-meme.
Well (4.00 / 1) (#91)
by Hopfrog on Sat Mar 30, 2002 at 04:20:20 AM EST

Basically, I have always been possesed by an all consuming hate for the world and everything in it. I knew that they was plenty of geezers out there, always trying to put me down. They has been playhating me for way to long.

So I decided to get my revenge. It would be a sweet revenge, a revenge that would destroy all playa haters once and for all.

Everybody who made fun of me would be tied to a burning lamp, smeared with tar, and then roasted, while I, the forever outcast, would get the girl and escape, never to be seen again.

There was only one worthy figure.

Physics (4.00 / 2) (#92)
by inerte on Sat Mar 30, 2002 at 04:27:52 AM EST

Think about 'inertia' and reply.

Bodily exercise, when compulsory, does no harm to the body; but knowledge which is acquired under compulsion obtains no hold on the mind.

so many possiblities (4.33 / 3) (#93)
by Justinfinity on Sat Mar 30, 2002 at 04:44:27 AM EST

just in finity?
justin finity?
just infinity?

poiu is not a word

beetle adventure racing (3.00 / 1) (#94)
by 31: on Sat Mar 30, 2002 at 04:47:36 AM EST

I think this is a different answer than I gave last time through, but this nick first showed up in the N64 game beetle adventure racing. Very good game, says me... before that I was vegitron or vegibug... but i wanted something that seemed 'sportier.' In other words, it made sense at the time...

In general now, I either try to be vegitron, 31:, or just patrick, depending on what sort of thing it is.

Pretty Simple Really (4.50 / 2) (#95)
by ocelotbob on Sat Mar 30, 2002 at 05:00:22 AM EST

My online alter ego is that of an ocelot named Bob, which created the first version of my handle, Ocelot Bob, which was primarily used in the twilight days of BBSes. Now, when installing linux on my home system, I decided to create a login using this handle. However, spaces aren't allowed in logins, and tradition dictates all lower case logins, so it became ocelotbob (yeah, I know, not portable, but WGAS?), which I decided to start using in logins for other places, such as here, /., e2, etc.

The only other handle I use is Chakat, named after the characters created by Bernard Doove. Usually I use that handle when I'm feeling a bit more silly, but it's gotten me a few interesting conversations over the years, usually about furries and other groovy parts of life.

At this point you're asking why not have a more "normal" handle, but hey, might as well have fun with life - you only get to live once, after all.

Why... in my day, the idea wasn't to have a comfortable sub[missive]...

No, it WASN'T Dune! (5.00 / 2) (#96)
by atreides on Sat Mar 30, 2002 at 05:04:36 AM EST

I chose mine from Greek myth i.e. Menelaus and Agamemnon, sons of Atreus, would also be referred to by the patronym Atreides. I read Dune many years later and loved it, too. But everyone assumed it was a Dune thing and eventually, I got tired of dissuading them...

"...heroic hearts, made weak by time and fate, but strong in will, to strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield."

Atreides: The psychedelic visionary doesn't crave stardom.

Amusingly enough... (none / 0) (#118)
by Dallan on Sat Mar 30, 2002 at 09:13:45 AM EST

...a careful reading of the Dune books will reveal the fact that House Atreides in Dune is descended from, yes, Atreus of Greek myth.

As far from God as heaven is wide
As far from God as angels can fly.
-Garbage, "As Heaven is Wide"
[ Parent ]
I know... (none / 0) (#173)
by atreides on Sat Mar 30, 2002 at 03:24:17 PM EST

Don't remind me...

"...heroic hearts, made weak by time and fate, but strong in will, to strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield."

Atreides: The psychedelic visionary doesn't crave stardom.
[ Parent ]

hmm (4.00 / 1) (#97)
by zephc on Sat Mar 30, 2002 at 05:07:44 AM EST

'zeph' is my first name, 'c' is my last name's initial. Had it at every place I worked, and its carried over into almost every thing else i do =]

other languages (3.00 / 1) (#98)
by guet on Sat Mar 30, 2002 at 05:25:08 AM EST

Guet is french (watch/lookout); I'm trying to learn french. Perhaps it's a bit old fashioned, I've only seen it once in print, it was in a book called Le Testament Français by Andreï Makine. I tried muet first but in retrospect that would have been kind of dull anyway (apologies to whoever has that nick : ). I tend to use guet everywhere nowadays.

Mine's not *that* exciting... (4.50 / 2) (#99)
by m0rzo on Sat Mar 30, 2002 at 05:25:56 AM EST

Well, my last name happens to be Moore. My PE teacher called me Morzo and it stuck. Morzo was my AIM s/n for some time until some little cretin suspended my account so I had to substitute the O for a 0. m0rzo was born. Sorry, no l33t story to it or anything =)

My last sig was just plain offensive.

Thanks to Ursula le Guin for Mine (5.00 / 1) (#100)
by Jel on Sat Mar 30, 2002 at 05:44:31 AM EST

Mine is short for Jellyfish...
Current-borne, wave-flung, tugged hugely by the whole might of ocean, the jellyfish drifts in the tidal abyss. The light shines through it, and the dark enters it. Borne, flung, tugged from anywhere to anywhere, for in the deep sea there is no compass but nearer and farther, higher and lower, the jellyfish bangs and sways; pulses move slight and quick within it, as the vast diurnal pulses beat in the moondriven sea. Hanging, swaying, pulsing, the most vulnerable and insubstantial creature, it has for its defense the violence and.power of the whole ocean, to which it has entrusted its being, its going, and its will.

But here rise the stubborn continents. The shelves of gravel and the cliffs of rock break from water baldly into air, that dry, terrible outerspace of radiance and instability, where there is no support for life. And now, now the currents mislead and the waves betray, breaking their endless circle, to leap up in loud foam against rock and air, breaking...

What will the creature made all of seadrift do on the dry sand of daylight; what will the mind do, each morning, waking?
This, essentially, is all about the book's main character, a Taoist, but by going by another name - George Orr. The main female character in the book actually calls him a jellyfish at one point, meaning it as an insult. However, the last paragraph is crucial -- in the book, reality falls apart, and the only one "left standing", so to speak, is the one who knows himself. From later in the book:
She had to see that little bastard again. Mr. Either Orr.
But then, just a little later:
The infinite possibility, the unlimited and unqualified wholeness of the uncommitted, the nonacting, the uncarved: the being who, being nothing but himself, is everything. Briefly, she saw him thus, and what struck her most, of that insight, was his strength. He was the strongest person she had ever known, because he could not be moved away from the center.
Ursula K. LeGuin, "The Lathe of Heaven"

And, yes... I'd heartily recommend the book =)

Own creation (4.00 / 1) (#102)
by Cironian on Sat Mar 30, 2002 at 05:52:03 AM EST

Basically its from a RP scenario I once made up just before I first went on the internet; that world I created was called "Ciron". Since the nick was somewhat unique and sounded nice, I just stuck with it through all those years.

Heh (4.75 / 4) (#103)
by DJBongHit on Sat Mar 30, 2002 at 05:57:50 AM EST

I was taking a shower one day, very stoned. I had nothing to do that day, so I was thinking about what to do. I thought to myself, "Maybe I'll look around in the Slash source code and teach myself Perl." (that was clearly the wrong approach. I haven't looked at the Slash 2.0 code a whole lot, but 0.9.3 was a bloody, disgusting mess.) Anyway, I started trying to figure out what sort of weblog to throw together to play around with Slash a bit. That shower provided the inspiration (if you want to call it that) for Smokedot, and DJBongHit was basically a parody of CmdrTaco's nick. Oh well.

This is my main nick I use online (it just kinda stuck). I have a bunch of other active ones here, on Slashdot, adequacy, Usenet, and irc, but this one tends to get used most places (that, or my real name).


GNU GPL: Free as in herpes.

Do you find ... (none / 0) (#226)
by Kaki Nix Sain on Sun Mar 31, 2002 at 04:54:23 AM EST

... that people prejudge you because of your nick?

[ Parent ]

Absolutely (none / 0) (#230)
by DJBongHit on Sun Mar 31, 2002 at 08:38:44 AM EST

Especially new people who don't know me. I get a lot of knee-jerk "you smoke pot so you must not know what you're talking about" replies to my posts, and people take me much more seriously when I post under a different nick.


GNU GPL: Free as in herpes.

[ Parent ]
It's not supposed to be l337... (4.00 / 1) (#104)
by am3nhot3p on Sat Mar 30, 2002 at 06:25:30 AM EST

I needed a disposable account one day, and as I had been watching a television programme about Ancient Egypt shortly before, I tried to use Amenhotep (the name of several pharaohs). That name was already taken, so I just switched the Es to 3s (hey, that rhymes...). It's easy enough, as 3 is directly above E on the keyboard, and looks similar. It isn't meant to be l337 or anything!

Anyway, after that, I just started using it for every new thing I signed up for. It is unique, which is an advantage in signing up and remembering which name to use.

Same story here (none / 0) (#155)
by mauftarkie on Sat Mar 30, 2002 at 01:22:46 PM EST

I needed a throwaway account back in '97 so i could post on Usenet (didn't want to clog my inbox with spam at the time). I also wanted to start out anonymous, although I accidently blew that shortly after creation and I make no secret of it now.

After being frustrated that all the good nicks were taken, I just created my own. At the time, I worked with one of the biggest Star Wars nut I've ever known, and I was having a Star Wars rebirth. I think the Tarkin 3/4" figure had just been released, so I appropriated his name, changed the spelling phonetically, and ... from Grand Moff Tarkin you get mauftarkie. Stupid, yes, but it's 100% unique. Since I hate giving out personal information, I have appropriated the name "Dan Figrin". Any Star Wars nut can see where I obtained that.

The only time I've ever run into this nick as being taken is when I had absentmindedly signed up for some free service that I promptly forgot about.

I have others, but they're secret. Two of them are back from the late '80s and early '90s before I had 'Net access and hung around various BBS forums (ah, those were the days). I use them sparingly when I want true anonyminity. Others I still use and link back to my real self, and if you tried hard enough you could figure out what they are.

Without you I'm one step closer to happiness without violence.
Without you I'm one step closer to innocence without consequence.

[ Parent ]
Dragonsbane (4.00 / 1) (#106)
by morkeleb on Sat Mar 30, 2002 at 06:46:45 AM EST

Mine is from a Barbara Hambly novel called Dragonsbane. which if you haven't read it is a pretty awesome novel. It's quite a bit different than most typical sword and sorcery fantasy tripe. Almost all of the on-line nicks I've had come from sci-fi/fantasy books. The last one I stuck with for a long while was Dr. Adder - the character in an incredibly cool cyberpunk novel by KW Jeter (really really early cyberpunk - it was published in 1972). I don't know why I take names from books. And I only pick the characters I identify with. Well they also should have cool sounding names. Sam Gamgee is one of my favorite characters in LoTR, but he has kind've a boring name compared to some of the others (not that I would ever EVER choose a nick from LoTR - that has been so overdone at this point that posting as Frodo34342 on most discussion boards would get you laughed at). Generally I like to pick my nicks from novels I really like a lot but most people haven't read. That also makes it easier to get a cool-sounding nick without putting a bunch of random numbers behind it.
"If I read a book and it makes my whole body so cold no fire can ever warm me, I know that is poetry." - Emily Dickinson
I do this too (none / 0) (#110)
by zakalwe on Sat Mar 30, 2002 at 07:06:54 AM EST

When I came accross K5, I was reading Use Of Weapons by Iain M Banks, so picked the name of the main character. I usually pick characters from books for most naming purposes - my computers are named after characters from Zelazny's Amber series for example.

[ Parent ]
Only you... (4.00 / 1) (#107)
by Scott Robinson on Sat Mar 30, 2002 at 06:53:24 AM EST

Quad - Has been my online persona since Tue Oct 31 17:07:28 1995 PST. If I remember correctly, and I'm sure I don't, the idea was computers worked in binary and four was better than two. Thus: Quad.

Slant - This came in slightly later. I needed a secondary account name for some hacking I was doing, and I decided to name it Slant as a reference to the work my Greg Bear. I hadn't read it yet.

Nowadays, I typically stick with using my real name since I'm fairly open.


How boring. (4.00 / 1) (#109)
by steven on Sat Mar 30, 2002 at 07:04:33 AM EST

My name is Steven. I've always used a variation on that for just about everything. My first 'nick' was stevenw - my shell login name in the days before PPP. That changed to steven, stevn, stev-n, stvn, stevnx, and stevenx.

I seem to use stevn and steven for most things lately... irc nicks, kuro5hin, etc.

I guess I lack the imagination to think of and answer to anything else - though in my younger days when I spent time at lan game events, I called myself 'mayce' - a play on 'mace'.

penguin in a sheepsuit... (4.00 / 1) (#112)
by ewe2 on Sat Mar 30, 2002 at 07:29:20 AM EST

is the explaination for my nick. I came up with it during an extended IRC session in 1996 when defending my linux-centric point of view to suspicious mIRC users. Fits in with the geek ethos in a country notorious for anti-geek sentiment (there's nothing more dangerous than an intelligent sheep, particularly a penguin in disguise as one).

Efforts to credit it to an association with the rock band U2 have all failed, and no it does NOT have anything to do with US education :)

I may not be cute, but I'm intelligent. So I'm an ugly smartass. Yay me.

Initials (4.00 / 1) (#113)
by damiam on Sat Mar 30, 2002 at 07:32:17 AM EST

My nick is a rather bad pun on my initials, as in "D.A.M. I am". It could also be interpreted as "Damn, I am!". I thought of it back when I needed a battle.net nick and my real name was already taken.

slogan (4.00 / 1) (#116)
by everyplace on Sat Mar 30, 2002 at 08:17:32 AM EST

When I was looking into what domain name I wanted in '98, I came up with everyplace.com, but didn't have enough money to get it at the time. This was May.

So June comes around, and my birthday is on the 26th, and my mom says on my birthday that she'll buy me a domain that I choose, and that's what I came up with. The next day, it was registered. So I went for .net, and to this day I hate the .com people, who have never used it for anything. I've offered to buy it, but got no response whatsoever.

While this doesn't explain why I go by 'everyplace', it does explain why I have the .net domain. I've actually grown accustomed to it, and can't imagine switching now, despite wanting to eventually own .com.

As for it's origin, I don't remember. I know my slogan that I threw around was something like "You can't be in two places at once, but you can be at everyplace." Which was slightly ripped off by some product or another last year, although I can't quite remember. The funny thing is that it's not actually a word, as every and place are always seperate.

On lambdamoo after a waiting period of around 5 years I got the actual spelling of my first name, which was nice. Up until that point I had a prefix of a . because it was the most insignificant prefix I could come up with. Only later did I realize the .'s significance in unix environments for hiding files, and then i liked the name even more.

Your mom knows what a domain is? (none / 0) (#197)
by czth on Sat Mar 30, 2002 at 08:21:44 PM EST

So June comes around, and my birthday is on the 26th, and my mom says on my birthday that she'll buy me a domain that I choose, and that's what I came up with. The next day, it was registered. So I went for .net, and to this day I hate the .com people, who have never used it for anything. I've offered to buy it, but got no response whatsoever.

I wish my parents knew a domain from a hole in their heads; consider yourself lucky. And sorry about the abusers, keep watching for the .com to expire....


[ Parent ]

My name (4.00 / 1) (#117)
by Nachtfalke on Sat Mar 30, 2002 at 08:56:59 AM EST

My name is the german translation of "Nighthawk", I have been using it since I first logged onto a MOO, many, many moons ago. Since the MOO was in a different timezone, the most activity there was always, when it was night over here, so the name fit, and it has stuck.

Sisyphus=Greek Mythology (4.00 / 1) (#119)
by sisyphus on Sat Mar 30, 2002 at 09:25:16 AM EST

I got from one of Albert Camus' book, Link Here I nearly always get my nicks from camus/greek mythology theme, apart from /., where i used walob, (what a load of bollocks),the sisyphus thing came because i felt like I was being like sisyphus in my current life.

The gods had condemned Sisyphus to ceaselessly rolling a rock to the top of a mountain, whence the stone would fall back of its own weight. They had thought with some reason that there is no more dreadful punishment than futile and hopeless labor.

my excuse (4.00 / 1) (#120)
by calimehtar on Sat Mar 30, 2002 at 09:26:42 AM EST

I'm the thirtieth king of gondor. But actually, I was just looking for a moderately interesting, relatively unique, fairly anonymous handle. I like the Lord of the Rings. I opened the index to a random spot and placed my finger on the page.


The whole point of the Doomsday Machine is lost if you keep it a secret.

The Logic of Youth (4.00 / 1) (#122)
by notcarlos on Sat Mar 30, 2002 at 09:27:07 AM EST

When I was very young, I signed up for email from one of those "free email sites" (the now-assimilated hotmail -- still use 'em, too. Sad.) Since my friend "Carlos" was already on there, and since we both kind of look alike, I though, "hey, just so we don't get confused, I'll call myself notcarlos." After that, it was unique enough to use eveywhere, and beats the jcl08 (that I got from the Uni many centuries later) all to hell.

He will destroy you like an academic ninja.
-- Rating on Rate My Professors.com
I've used this name.. (4.00 / 1) (#123)
by Dallan on Sat Mar 30, 2002 at 09:29:09 AM EST

I've used this nick as my primary since the first day I logged onto the 'Net about 5-6 years ago, really.

It's the name of a bit character in David Eddings' "Sorceress of Darshiva". At the time I really liked the book, but now I feel the name describes something of my position: a bit character on the stage of life.

Other nicks I've used sometimes:

Algavins: My Genesis MUD character. A bit character from a Raymond Feist book.

Shadowdancer: If you catch me playing an online FPS, it's usually under this name. My own creation, which I have begun to phase out in favor of my normal nick.

Elendar Starfall: Realms of Despair MUD, some other web boards. A character from my own stories.

As far from God as heaven is wide
As far from God as angels can fly.
-Garbage, "As Heaven is Wide"
Minor Eddings characters (none / 0) (#138)
by Khendon on Sat Mar 30, 2002 at 10:52:55 AM EST

Me too :-)

[ Parent ]
*Blink* (none / 0) (#188)
by khedron on Sat Mar 30, 2002 at 05:44:49 PM EST

Well, I'm from an Arthur C. Clarke novel, so there!

Khedron the Jester

[ Parent ]
Where I got my nick from. (4.00 / 1) (#124)
by rodoke3 on Sat Mar 30, 2002 at 09:36:16 AM EST

I just used the first two letters from each name, and
added a '3'. It's also my Direct connect name.

I take umbrage with such statments and am induced to pull out archaic and over pompous words to refute such insipid vitriol. -- kerinsky

My boss (4.00 / 1) (#125)
by stinkwrinkle on Sat Mar 30, 2002 at 09:40:29 AM EST

See, we have a pool table at work. My boss gets *really* excited when he plays pool, and he tends to free-associate when he gets excited. Some of the the things he says, like "I'll bury your cross in a bucket of duckwash!" are basically nonsense. Sometimes, though, he invents words, like "Ratzelsnaffed!" And some of the words he invents, like "stinkwrinkle", deserve to live on, IMO. BTW, I don't use stinkwrinkle everywhere. Many sites, many nicks. Stinkwrinkle is one of my favs, though!

oops - my turn (4.75 / 4) (#126)
by el_guapo on Sat Mar 30, 2002 at 09:44:12 AM EST

el guapo - "the handsome" - head over to forkbomb.net to get THAT joke :P "el guapo" was also the head bad-guy on the 3 amigos, and it just sounds like such a damn funny word when spoken outloud. so i gave myself a silly nick to show my general attitude about life "quit taking yourself so seriously". (i mean, i even wore that dress at forkbomb to work on halloween 2 years ago, still gotta get last year's scanned, it put's it to shame :)
mas cerveza, por favor mirrors, manifestos, etc.
Basically... (5.00 / 1) (#153)
by watchmaker on Sat Mar 30, 2002 at 01:09:35 PM EST

I suppose you could say that everyone has an El Guapo. For some, shyness may be an El Guapo. For others, lack of education may be an El Guapo. But for us, El Guapo is a large ugly man who wants to kill us!

Now if you'll excuse me, I have to go shoot an invisible swordsman.

[ Parent ]

randomness (3.00 / 1) (#127)
by linuxhead154 on Sat Mar 30, 2002 at 09:52:37 AM EST

My nicknames are usually a word associated with a current interest and then a prime that is prime or divisible by 11.
I have wondered the world, and searched for the answer to it all. And then I discovered I never physically left, just my mind.
11 (none / 0) (#140)
by Schnapp23 on Sat Mar 30, 2002 at 11:12:56 AM EST

Hmm... primes that are divisible by 11? I only got one.. you?

[ Parent ]
My nick (4.00 / 3) (#128)
by WWWWolf on Sat Mar 30, 2002 at 09:55:47 AM EST

Yeah, I use the same one just about everywhere. =)

I didn't really get it from anywhere. It just, uh, happened. I'm view wolves as close beings - or something like that. Then, there's the aspect of communication. (I have some thoughts on the origin in one diary entry...)

-- Weyfour WWWWolf, a lupine technomancer from the cold north...

I'm a bit puzzled.... (4.00 / 1) (#130)
by Sharrow on Sat Mar 30, 2002 at 10:04:27 AM EST

Started off using Quark when I was in University, after a couple of us started doing impressions of the Grand Nagus, and I got labelled Quark.

Got a bit bored with it after a while, plus it was reasonably common, so about 2 years ago I started using Sharrow. It's the name of a female character in Iain M. Bank's Against a Dark Background. I liked the sound of it, and started using it, even though I'm a bloke. (Maybe I'm trying to tell myself something... :) ).

I also use ThunderChild when Quaking, chosen after HMS Thunderchild, the dreadnought from HG Well's The War of the Worlds.


I've got green eyes, red hair, and I'm left handed. A hundred years ago, I'd have been considered in league with the Devil.
my two (3.00 / 1) (#131)
by cetan on Sat Mar 30, 2002 at 10:04:32 AM EST




===== cetan www.cetan.com =====

argh (none / 0) (#132)
by cetan on Sat Mar 30, 2002 at 10:07:17 AM EST


I wish I could copy/paste properly
===== cetan www.cetan.com =====
[ Parent ]

US Army (4.33 / 3) (#133)
by wiredog on Sat Mar 30, 2002 at 10:10:03 AM EST

Full story.

Peoples Front To Reunite Gondwanaland: "Stop the Laurasian Separatist Movement!"
from high school (4.00 / 1) (#134)
by Lenny on Sat Mar 30, 2002 at 10:21:42 AM EST

My nick comes from my high school nickname. In one of my classes there was a poster of an artist's rendition of George and Lenny from
    Of Mice and Men
. Someone said I looked like Lenny on the poster and blurted it out, "You look like Lenny!" It stuck.

"Hate the USA? Boycott everything American. Particularly its websites..."
That story (2.50 / 2) (#147)
by rusty on Sat Mar 30, 2002 at 12:26:04 PM EST

Where have I heard that story recently. Damn. I do believe that someone just told me about you. Unless it was in a diary or something...

Not the real rusty
[ Parent ]
Chris (none / 0) (#177)
by Lenny on Sat Mar 30, 2002 at 03:53:17 PM EST

Sometimes it is not so good to have your reputation proceed you. We were roommates.

"Hate the USA? Boycott everything American. Particularly its websites..."
[ Parent ]
Yes! (2.50 / 2) (#181)
by rusty on Sat Mar 30, 2002 at 04:24:07 PM EST

That was it. Thanks for reminding me. :-)

Not the real rusty
[ Parent ]
It's Greek to me (3.00 / 1) (#135)
by IHCOYC on Sat Mar 30, 2002 at 10:27:19 AM EST

Aeons ago, there was a local Commodore BBS that ran homebrewed software. The peculiar thing about the BBS was that everything on it was in ALL CAPS.

So, when I logged on to the BBS and created my account, a sudden inspiration struck, and I called myself IHCOYC XPICTOC COTHP. I've used this handle, in a shortened form, since that time on WWIVnet, and since 1995 or so on Usenet.

This message has been placed here IN MEMORIAM by the Tijuana Bible Society.

IHCOYC XPICTOC COTHP (none / 0) (#196)
by czth on Sat Mar 30, 2002 at 08:16:10 PM EST

So, when I logged on to the BBS and created my account, a sudden inspiration struck, and I called myself IHCOYC XPICTOC COTHP. I've used this handle, in a shortened form, since that time on WWIVnet, and since 1995 or so on Usenet.

Hmm... taking C as sigma and the rest as what they look like in Greek, that looks like "Jesus Christ Saviour" - ?

Does that mean you have a Messiah complex, or that you are a Christian? :)


[ Parent ]

Curious (none / 0) (#213)
by Estebann on Sat Mar 30, 2002 at 11:08:20 PM EST

Every time I have seen greek written using the latin alphabet I have seen sigma represented by an S not a C.

S seems like a more logical representation because sigma, at times, is identical to the latin S. Or if you wanted to represent the letters slightly more accurately wouldn't you use IHCOYS?

Just Curious.

I'll look to like if looking liking move...
[ Parent ]

Lewis Carrol, obviously (4.50 / 2) (#136)
by wocky on Sat Mar 30, 2002 at 10:47:27 AM EST

Mine is a shortened user-friendly version of "Jabberwocky" as in Lewis Carrol's poem in "Through The Looking Glass".

Besides... whenever I create new user in a site, "Jabberwocky" is usually already taken.

C'est Moi (4.83 / 6) (#137)
by me0w on Sat Mar 30, 2002 at 10:50:24 AM EST

When I was a young girl, I liked to drop acid. And when I partook of this crazy, mind enhancing drug I magically turned into a cat. According to reports from friends who still laugh about it now, I would meow at cars and people, pee in a litter box, and play with cat toys. I was given the title of 'Meow' and it has stuck to this day.

[The reason for the me0w spelling is that meow was taken. Oh yea, I don't do drugs anymore either.]

"The only reason we PMS is because our uterus is screaming at our brain to go out, get fucked, and have a baby ... and it makes us angry."

meow (5.00 / 3) (#162)
by perdida on Sat Mar 30, 2002 at 01:58:06 PM EST

to me, meow is an exclamation that is like the Uber-Holy-Shit.

For example, learning of the Nuclear Posture Review leaked by Bush elicited a meow from me.

The most adequate archive on the Internet.
I can't shit a hydrogen fuel cell car. -eeee
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meow is much more, and much wierder (none / 0) (#249)
by snappy on Sun Mar 31, 2002 at 10:07:28 PM EST

This search http://groups.google.com/groups?q=meow&num=100&hl=en&sa=N&tab=wg turns up wierd stuff. There's even a group on usenet called alt.meow (well everything goes in alt). For some time now I've tried to figure out what it really is, but people I ask, can't for some reason tell me- mayby it's a secret society..hm.

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I have two I go by... (3.00 / 1) (#139)
by The Great Wakka on Sat Mar 30, 2002 at 11:02:03 AM EST

On Slashdot and Kuro5hin, I use The Great Wakka. It was a running inside joke at school for a while. On most everything else, I'm "Colonel E". E is the first letter of my first name. And Colonel is an obscure reference. I used to remember the story, but not anymore.

Adventures of Hobart Floyt and Alacrity Fitzhugh (4.00 / 1) (#141)
by Hobart on Sat Mar 30, 2002 at 11:14:53 AM EST

In Detroit, circa 1985 when I first started calling local Atari BBS' on my MPP1000E 300-baud modem, I mainly used "The Shadow", after the crime-fighter from pulp novels of the '30s and '40s. (For a brief stint I also used Asmodeus, the Archdevil from AD&D).

Around 1987 when I signed onto my first multi-user chat-oriented system (DiversiDial #6, 'SillyChat'), I signed on as 'Shadow', to be met with "Oh no, not another Shadow", as there were already at least two other people using that nick on other D-Dials around the country.

Another local Atari user who used the nick 'Alacrity Fitzhugh' suggested that I use 'Hobart', another character from the "Requiem for a Ruler of Worlds" trilogy by Brian Daley. The name has stuck ever since, when I moved to EFNet (Thank you KA9Q NOS / Merit Dialins!) a bit later, subsequently to Detroit-area MajorBBS'.

I am *not* named after a dough mixer, a referigerator, or the capital of Tasmania, although when I signed onto Shattered World LPMUD (still running!) that was what most people assumed ;)

Percy Bysshe Shelley (5.00 / 1) (#142)
by epipsychidion on Sat Mar 30, 2002 at 11:19:41 AM EST

All the machines on this network are named after poems written by Percy Bysshe Shelley, with whom poetry died. This nick is a machine that is still in pieces (somewhere).

Behold, the pleasant spring... (none / 0) (#143)
by Netsnipe on Sat Mar 30, 2002 at 11:36:41 AM EST

Anyone here remember this song, Carmina Burana's Ecce gratum? The Latin lyrics might not be recognisable straight away, unless you fire up a copy of the original TeamFortress for Quake 1. And I became quite good as a sniper, though towards the end, I evolved eventually into one of those extremely rare defensive heavy weapon gunners in clan matches. It was quite ironic for me to discover only a year ago that TF's violent opening sequence (I always loved the medic axe hacking scene) was being played with an ode to "spring sucking at summer's breast" in the background.

My sniping personality comes from me priding myself on being able to spot and remember fine details in a lot of things and the Net part of my nickname has a lot to do my run at being an early adopter in a lot of things on the net (just look at my k5 uid and weep = P).

Andrew 'Netsnipe' Lau
Debian GNU/Linux Maintainer & Computer Science, UNSW

Beatles/Hendrix (5.00 / 3) (#144)
by Purple Walrus on Sat Mar 30, 2002 at 12:02:15 PM EST

My handle is a mix of "I am the Walrus" by The Beatles and "Purple Haze" by Jimi Hendrix.

Kafka (none / 0) (#145)
by K on Sat Mar 30, 2002 at 12:04:37 PM EST

Hmm.. Could either be someone lost in a maze of bureaucracy, or a temporary place holder in an unfinished book. Some days, it seems like both.

It does get a bit distracting on on-line team games, when the common response to a statement is 'k'.

ahem.. (none / 0) (#146)
by eightball on Sat Mar 30, 2002 at 12:18:14 PM EST

I started out as eight when playing Half-life. It was inspired by the eight ball logo that was chosen by default. It also suggested a kind of anonymous cannon fodder, only referred to as a number (as with Borg, eight of whatever, though ST had little to do with it).
Unrelated note, I pretty much was cannon fodder, which would probably explain why I don't play games much anymore. %-}

When I went to register at /., they would not accept 'eight', so I changed it to 'eightball'.

How I got this one... (5.00 / 2) (#148)
by madenosine on Sat Mar 30, 2002 at 12:40:37 PM EST

Although I usually go by "soney," I got the nick madenosine from ATP (Adenosine triphosphate.) I tried "adenosine" as a nick for something (I fogot what) but it was taken, so I simply added an "m" on to reflect the fact that I was angry after adenosine was taken

yay for ATP (none / 0) (#158)
by evilpckls on Sat Mar 30, 2002 at 01:45:16 PM EST

makes plants happy.

"This is proof that fish geeks are just weird. You look like you've wet your pants, and I have a fish in my coat." --nstenz
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A trifle dull (none / 0) (#149)
by JWhiton on Sat Mar 30, 2002 at 12:52:56 PM EST

This is just m'name. I use it when I can't think of anything terribly witty or original.

I've gone by a variety of other aliases throughout the years. On IRC I used the nick AtmaWeapon, taken from the kickass boss in Final Fantasy 3.

I've also gone by Xerxes (from System Shock 2) and Heian (the name of my EQ character).

Eric's My Real Name, But It's Kinda Neat (none / 0) (#151)
by E r i c on Sat Mar 30, 2002 at 01:01:56 PM EST

Gender: Male
Origin: Old Norse
Meaning: Ruler of All

I can't complain about that :-P

(My middle name happens to be 'Neal', which is of Irish origin and means 'champion')

I blame my past transgressions on Eminem's music. Reform number five is currently in progress.
mine's more boring than the rest of yours (none / 0) (#152)
by celerity05 on Sat Mar 30, 2002 at 01:04:24 PM EST

'zemirah' is my login name for about 1/2 of the stuff i do online...got that a few years back when my mom was having a baby and i was looking through baby name books to see if i liked the names she'd marked :> saw 'zemirah' and fell in love with it. got into UNIX a year or so later and ended up using zemirah as my login name.

celerity, my login name for K5 & /., comes from a high school nickname...i was called 'speedy' in high school due to the fact that i talk kind of fast and the word 'celerity' means fast so I used that...sounds less like a drug addict. haha.

my AIM screennname come from the song 'que sera sera'...my real life name is sarah and so 'que sera sera' was a nickname...

and swolff came from the fact that my university gave that to me when I started college so that's my login to their unix machines and my email address.

JabXVI (none / 0) (#154)
by JabXVI on Sat Mar 30, 2002 at 01:15:03 PM EST

My initials are JAB, and XVI is the Roman numeral of 16.

And here's the geeky story behind the 16: About five years ago, when I first got online, I hung out at a few video gaming websites and noticed that some people had 64 at the end of their usernames, because the N64 was popular at the time. Since JAB itself was taken almost everywhere, I put a 16 at the end of my username, in honor of the 16-bit SNES and Sega Genesis consoles. I started using JabXVI (or jabxvi) about a year later, and have been using it since.

toddmilburn (none / 0) (#156)
by toddmilburn on Sat Mar 30, 2002 at 01:34:26 PM EST

online, I just pretend that I'm my old friend todd milburn for all intents and purposes, he's a married redhead, while I'm a poor single blonde... you can email me at toddmilburn@yahoo.com but I never check it...

I have an alias too :) (none / 0) (#204)
by xtremex on Sat Mar 30, 2002 at 09:35:32 PM EST

I have created a full fledged online person about 3 years ago that lives in a state 2000 miles from me and I even have a real address that crap can go to (checked it using Mapquest). I use that to fill out EVERY form, I've memeorized his phone number and zip....and I even have a "job" for him when forms ask for it. Pretty lame, huh?
Well, Thats why I get no spam to my REAL address, it all goes to the aliased hotmail account :)
I just feel sorry for the poor dude who gets all that crap mailed to his house :)

[ Parent ]
Identity Theft (none / 0) (#223)
by xueexueg on Sun Mar 31, 2002 at 03:36:14 AM EST

This is not quite on the same subject, but in college I worked at the campus switchboard, which also housed the lost & found. I used to go through lost IDs to look for "fakes" for me and my friends.

So I got one for my friend "C", and he memorized the address and stuff. One summer he was at a party that was raided by police, and got some sort of citation for disorderly conduct. He told the police he was the person on his fake ID (which he didn't even have with him) and gave his address as 425 Whatever St., Wherever. They called it over the radio, and said, "You mean 254 Whatever street?" "Oh, yeah." So presumably they sent this $500 ticket to this poor fellow's house.

That fall C was in a class for which the person on his fake ID had registered: the professor was going down the registration list and when he got to the name on C's fake ID, C started raising his hand...

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It's my name in RL (none / 0) (#157)
by Macrobat on Sat Mar 30, 2002 at 01:38:56 PM EST

Okay, that's a lie. I just thought a combination of "macro" (the multiple-keystroke functions from vi, emacs, and a host of others) and "acrobat" would make me sound kinda thirteen-thirty-seven.

Or it could mean "very large flying mammal." (But remember, bats aren't rodents.)

"Hardly used" will not fetch a better price for your brain.

my nick (none / 0) (#159)
by vertigo7 on Sat Mar 30, 2002 at 01:45:45 PM EST

It's based on Descent 3. The opening video in the game identifies the Material Defender's radio callsign as "Vertigo One". I thought it was nifty, so I dubbed myself Vertigo7 for most of my online gaming when playing Descent 3 and it stuck with me afterwards.

Acquired in high school, stuck (none / 0) (#160)
by bunsen on Sat Mar 30, 2002 at 01:49:02 PM EST

Unlike most other nicknames from school, I like this one. It evolved as a severe corruption of my last name, but my interest in all things pyrotechnic and general affinity for science fit quite well with Bunsen. Collisions do occur now and then (bunsen was taken at the other site, so I registered as caffeinated_bunsen, since I was at the time. The bunsen account seems to have been abandoned before I got there, though), but not too often. The only other name I've gone by online is Spaceman Spiff, but I haven't used that in several years.

Do you want your possessions identified? [ynq] (n)
Random chance, laziness (none / 0) (#161)
by danceswithcrows on Sat Mar 30, 2002 at 01:57:54 PM EST

Around Jan. 1996, I watched "Dances With Wolves". I thought something derived from the movie would make a good replacement for "The Bastard" in the personal-name= field of ~/.pinerc . "Dances With Cats"... nope. "Dances With Guinea Pigs"... too unwieldly, if appropriately comical. "Crows"... perfect. Never bothered to change it after that, though I'd been changing it every month or so before then.

Since 1999, I've tried and mostly succeeded in using this alias for all of my non-business-related Net activities. (Usenet, k5, personal e-mail, IRC, etc.) I don't have multiple identities/accounts anywhere, and would prefer to keep it that way. (My Slashdot account is still "CJ Hooknose", though I haven't seriously used it in a long time.)

Matt G (aka Dances With Crows) There is no Darkness in Eternity/But only Light too dim for us to see

univgeek (none / 0) (#163)
by univgeek on Sat Mar 30, 2002 at 01:58:26 PM EST

Well I'm in university, and I think, I think I am a geek...

Not very interesting no?

Should I change it if I get a job? :-P

Arguing with an Electrical Engineer is liking wrestling with a pig in mud, after a while you realise the pig is enjoying it!

Klingon and Monty Python (none / 0) (#164)
by Nimey on Sat Mar 30, 2002 at 02:00:36 PM EST


Ni - from the Knights who say Ni.

Mey - Klingon, meaning "everywhere, all about".

I also answer to Gopher, but that's a random silly nickname the Giver of Nicks bestowed on me.
Never mind, it was just the dog cumming -- jandev
You Sir, are an Ignorant Motherfucker. -- Crawford
I am arguably too manic to do that. -- Crawford
I already fuck my mother -- trane
Nimey is right -- Blastard
i am in complete agreement with Nimey -- i am a pretty big deal

My Name...a Multicultural Source of Confusion(tm) (none / 0) (#165)
by kojo on Sat Mar 30, 2002 at 02:09:40 PM EST

It's from West Africa. Outside of West Africa (I live in the US), it's pretty rare. In many parts of West Africa (primarily Ghana), it's so common, lots of people don't use it as a first name. As an American with a West African name, I cause lots of confusion. Here in Texas, people think I'm hispanic when they see it. I get telemarketing calls for "Ko-ho". I tell them he's not here. He's not.

I was also told by someone that it means "factory" or "that which produces" or something similar in Japanese. Some people, upon just seeing the name, think I'm Japanese. Anyone with a command of Japanese want to chime in to confirm or deny? Mauftarkie?

Due to my size, people have also thought I was a football player. I considered combining the "Asian" and "Football" errors and calling myself "Dat Nguyen". Only Ags and Cowboy fans will get that one...


Japanese (none / 0) (#174)
by TheBeardedScorpion on Sat Mar 30, 2002 at 03:25:05 PM EST

Your name could mean factory in Japanese, but I would use "koujou" as the romanization for the word for factory.

[ Parent ]
*nod* (none / 0) (#206)
by mauftarkie on Sat Mar 30, 2002 at 09:46:05 PM EST

I'm not an expert by any stretch of the imagination, I'm just learning Japanese for a challenge. That being said, I can't find any word romanjinized as kojo, but there are a few words that can be spelled koujo, kojou, and koujou... (meaning anything from "old castle" to "imperial princess" to "factory").

One of my favorite places to go to look up Japanese words online is Jeffrey's Japanese <-> English Dictionary Server. For those playing along at home, this is the same Jeffrey who wrote the O'Reilly book, Mastering Regular Expressions.

Without you I'm one step closer to happiness without violence.
Without you I'm one step closer to innocence without consequence.

[ Parent ]
Spanish? (none / 0) (#222)
by J'raxis on Sun Mar 31, 2002 at 03:32:16 AM EST

I didn’t think there was a k in Spanish (there isn’t a k in Latin, it was a Greek addition for κ, same with y for υ). I’ve only seen people use k online as a contraction of qu, such as in ¿ke pasa? or the like.

— The Raxis

[ J’raxis·Com | Liberty in your lifetime ]
[ Parent ]

Spanish: kojo = cojo (5.00 / 1) (#229)
by sisyphus on Sun Mar 31, 2002 at 07:12:14 AM EST

In spanish cojo, means with a limp, but kojo doesn't mean anything, but i doubt anyone would confuse the two 'cause nobody calls themselves "with a limp".

The gods had condemned Sisyphus to ceaselessly rolling a rock to the top of a mountain, whence the stone would fall back of its own weight. They had thought with some reason that there is no more dreadful punishment than futile and hopeless labor.
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drachen (none / 0) (#166)
by drachen on Sat Mar 30, 2002 at 02:16:26 PM EST

Well, I'm german, and it's the name of a former roller coaster at Busch Gardens. Interestingly this roller coaster that I used to love no longer exists (I just found that out while trying to find pictures of the darn thing... It was a rough beast). Plus you know, dragons are fearsome. :P

Here's some history on the roller coaster. I haven't been back to the park in a good 6 years or so, and I didn't know this ride was defunct until just a few minutes ago.

no! (none / 0) (#195)
by cthulhain on Sat Mar 30, 2002 at 07:18:53 PM EST

Please tell me you're joking. It's been years since I've been to Busch Gardens, but that ride was by far my favorite.

I just can't believe it's gone...

nothing in his brain except a ruined echo of the sky.
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Drachen fire (none / 0) (#205)
by DangerGrrl on Sat Mar 30, 2002 at 09:43:17 PM EST

AKA the bloody head rollercoaster. I love rollercoasters, but any one where you come off of it with severe neck injuries and bloody ears is better off gone.

Besides, the replaced it with a better coaster - Alpengeist. It's a much more thrilling and less crippling ride IMNSHO. Apollo's Chariot (aka Fabio's Goose) is also a decent ride... and no one since Fabio has colided with a goose while riding.

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yebb/kidojo (none / 0) (#167)
by yebb on Sat Mar 30, 2002 at 02:20:09 PM EST

yebb is the name I use most of the time, fast easy to type, no one uses it on irc, it was a stupid nick I picked when I wanted to change my identity for a minute or two, and it stuck. Kidojo is my oldest and true nick, formed years ago when I took two random words from a book I was reading "Zen and the art of the Guitar" the words were 'Ki' (life energy or something to that effect) and 'Dojo' (place of learning). Stick'em together and you get a word that is a lot deeper then it was intended to be.

evilpckls (5.00 / 2) (#168)
by evilpckls on Sat Mar 30, 2002 at 02:27:52 PM EST

also listed as:evil_pckls.

i was big in the drama stuff in HS, and we were reading some script, and during a scene about some pickle judging i sneezed...hence the "pckls". for that particular play my character name was violet, so for that play, the name i had on the shirt (we did em like athletics, the character name on the shirts we made) was "violent pckls" and a friend was "hoochie pckls". the next year we decided to keep with the pckls theme. we performed "grease" and she was a pink lady, so she was "pckld pink" and i was "dsgrntld pckls" as i feel that i got really screwed over. for stagecraft that year, i was evil pckls. evil was on the ring...it was a set that me and 3 other friends had...thats a story in itself...that and we wore black for stagecraft so i thought it fit. long story, makes no sense, but now you know.

"This is proof that fish geeks are just weird. You look like you've wet your pants, and I have a fish in my coat." --nstenz

Whojgalt (none / 0) (#169)
by whojgalt on Sat Mar 30, 2002 at 02:29:27 PM EST

is a compressed version of the first line from a very famous book.

If you can't see it from the car, it's not really scenery.
Any code more than six months old was written by an idiot.

blowout/straylight (none / 0) (#170)
by blowout on Sat Mar 30, 2002 at 02:42:46 PM EST

I usually use one of two nicks: blowout or straylight. The former is partially from the name of the Radiohead song "Blow Out", and partially from my own very low sense of self-worth. The latter nickname comes from the William Gibson book Neuromancer; "The Villa Straylight" was the home of the Tessier-Ashpool family.
bye bye pride
well (none / 0) (#171)
by panck on Sat Mar 30, 2002 at 02:51:17 PM EST

panck my slashdot/k5 nick, is the first onomonopia I could think of. Kind of the sound of being hit with a plank.
Regurg this is my Quake nickname that I've used for many years. (speaking of quake nicks, I thought of one I didn't want to use, and my friend didn't either, so feel free to use it yourself: The Dildominator)
Insaniac insane + maniac = insaniac. I use this as an alter-online-ego when I feel like it..Not that much.
Mr Crazy Puff irc sometimes (mrcrzypf), and AG/napster/etc yeah I started it when i used to woke the smeed.

hotline/kdx/carracho .. many other guises, and I change them all the time...much more temporary, y'know?

a-ki-mon (none / 0) (#172)
by akimon on Sat Mar 30, 2002 at 03:21:34 PM EST

I just translated my chinese name to romanized japanese kanji (although i'm not sure about the 'ki'), and it sounds ok...

夏 睿 文
a - ki - mon

How did you make Kanji in your post? (none / 0) (#202)
by xtremex on Sat Mar 30, 2002 at 09:28:27 PM EST

Do you have Japanese extensions in your OS?

[ Parent ]
Unicode (none / 0) (#207)
by mauftarkie on Sat Mar 30, 2002 at 09:48:37 PM EST

Is at least one way to do it. Not all browsers can see it, though.

Without you I'm one step closer to happiness without violence.
Without you I'm one step closer to innocence without consequence.

[ Parent ]
Fonts, not the Browser (none / 0) (#221)
by J'raxis on Sun Mar 31, 2002 at 03:22:51 AM EST

Most modern browsers should be able to handle it (even Lynx can if the terminal can), but the user still needs to have the appropriate fonts installed. Various OSes come with various portions of Unicode in their standard fonts, but I don’t know of any that support the whole thing. Especially considering that they just added a few more charsets, like Tagalog.

— The U+Raxis

[ J’raxis·Com | Liberty in your lifetime ]
[ Parent ]

Here's what you do: (none / 0) (#231)
by akimon on Sun Mar 31, 2002 at 12:34:37 PM EST

Most browsers support "unicode escape sequences" You simply convert all the characters you wrote into this form:

「& # 5 4 3 2 1;」 or 「& # x d 4 3 1 」; (with no spaces in between)

And then unicode character 54321 (decimal) or d431 (hex) will be displayed by the font that has that character.

For example:

kuro5hin 的讀者是一班無聊仆街…

If you are wondering, my desktop machine is Win2K with regional options set to Hong Kong so it supports Chinese input with everything else (menus) in english. You can just write a java applet and output integers corresponding to what you type in to get the unicode.

[ Parent ]

Like this? (none / 0) (#275)
by xtremex on Mon Apr 01, 2002 at 03:05:41 PM EST


[ Parent ]
Didnt work (none / 0) (#276)
by xtremex on Mon Apr 01, 2002 at 03:07:04 PM EST


[ Parent ]
View source (none / 0) (#280)
by akimon on Mon Apr 01, 2002 at 04:41:21 PM EST

View the source of the previous page.

(I submitted it using "html formatted")

Your first one was correct, since you got the semi-colon. You probably just submitted it using "plain text". You can try to just put it in an html file and view it.

What do you want to type up?

you can contact me at "wei_jok" (at) yahoo _dot_ com

[ Parent ]
Then the question is... (none / 0) (#284)
by Jel on Mon Apr 01, 2002 at 06:00:57 PM EST

what does your Chinese name mean? :)

[ Parent ]
tralfamadore (none / 0) (#175)
by tralfamadore on Sat Mar 30, 2002 at 03:42:06 PM EST

fake planet in kurt vonnegut novels (breakfast of champions, and i believe it was mentioned in sirens of titan...i dunno, been a while)

Also (none / 0) (#250)
by prosthezis on Sun Mar 31, 2002 at 10:29:21 PM EST

Billy Pilgrim spent some time there in Slaughterhouse-Five. I'm sure KV mentioned Tralfamadore elsewhere--besides BoC and SoT--but I can't tell you where off the top of my head.

...if you write one more diary entry complaining that you're not cool enough to be invited into the other geeks' role-playing sessions, I'll fucking kill you! - Tatarigami
[ Parent ]
me (5.00 / 1) (#176)
by persimmon on Sat Mar 30, 2002 at 03:44:17 PM EST

A persimmon is a small asian fruit, either bitter, sour or sweet. I'm not orange, though.
It's funny because it's a blancmange!

BlckKnght (none / 0) (#178)
by BlckKnght on Sat Mar 30, 2002 at 03:59:22 PM EST

My friends had many theories about where I came up with my nick, BlckKnght. It was originally just for AIM, which I started using soon after they bumped the 8 char limit to 9 (it's probably 15 or so by now). I've since expanded it to weblogs, and last fall picked up the blckknght.org domain.

A couple of the more reasonable suggested origins were Magic: the Gathering, the chess piece and, of course, Monty Python and the Holy Grail. However, none of those is right.

Rather, my inspiration came from seeing (in a social studies class I think) a movie version of Sir Walter Scott's novel Ivanhoe. In that story, King Richard the Lionhearted fights several battles as a mysterious Black Knight, before revealing himself.

Error: .signature: No such file or directory

Mine's in the dictionary (none / 0) (#179)
by Sangfroid on Sat Mar 30, 2002 at 04:10:03 PM EST

I pretty much just picked it for it's meaning, although I'm rather fond of words that are mispronounced easily.

I'd like to help you out. Which way did you come in?
janra (5.00 / 1) (#180)
by janra on Sat Mar 30, 2002 at 04:10:34 PM EST

It's the approximate phonetic version of the name of a bit character in a story I'm writing. The character's name has since changed slightly, but I'm keeping 'janra' as my online handle. I use it just about everywhere, for all accounts I've created since late '98, which is when I created the first 'janra' account.

Most people who've told me how they pronounce it say it similar to 'genre', which I think is quite appropriate as I like writing fiction. There is no correct pronounciation - but I rather like 'yanre' (that trailing 'e' is a schwa, not an 'e' sound) which is my really bad anglification of how the dutch would pronounce it if they ever said it. (half of my family is dutch, so I'm trying to learn the language)

It also has the advantage that I've never gone to a site where it was already taken - and I hate account names with arbitrary numbers in them. (Numbers that mean something are ok though) On the other hand, I found something very neat while ego-surfing one day. It used to be top of google's search results for 'janra' back when I started using this handle, but now stuff that I've done shows up first.

I've also encountered somebody who was also ego-surfing and who also used the name janra. That was kind of wierd.

Oh look, I'm also a german container ship that capsized. How noble a lineage my name has :-p

Discuss the art and craft of writing
That's the problem with world domination... Nobody is willing to wait for it anymore, work slowly towards it, drink more and enjoy the ride more.
all the good ones were taken (none / 0) (#182)
by gnovos on Sat Mar 30, 2002 at 04:29:10 PM EST

A Haiku: "fuck you fuck you fuck/you fuck you fuck you fuck you/fuck you fuck you snow" - JChen
you'd have to ask... (none / 0) (#183)
by VoxLobster on Sat Mar 30, 2002 at 04:29:27 PM EST

Spameroni. He game me my nick. But I'm sure it has something to do with Lobsters.

VoxLobster -- righting the wrongs of society while wronging the rights

I was raised by a cup of coffee! -- Homsar

perhaps (none / 0) (#319)
by mister slim on Fri Apr 05, 2002 at 11:03:51 PM EST

Could it be translated as Talking Lobster? Or maybe (as the Romans were not too familiar with keyboards) Typing Lobster?

"Fucking sheep, the lot of you. Yeah, and your little dogs too." -Rogerborg
[ Parent ]

dilinger (none / 0) (#185)
by dilinger on Sat Mar 30, 2002 at 04:53:26 PM EST

Back in 94/95, I'd use Morpheus (after the Sandman character) and Grifter (don't remember where that came from) on some local BBS's. In '95 or '96, I did some rather bad things (that I won't describe here) that prompted my uncle to jokingly refer to me as Dillinger (after John Dillinger). I used it in a few places, but ran into problems w/ other people having the same nick, so I dropped an 'l'. I've been using dilinger ever since. I've only used dillinger a few times since then (including on this site, to post a story); I've found dilinger to be much easier username to obtain.

I chose not to choose life. (5.00 / 1) (#186)
by kitten on Sat Mar 30, 2002 at 05:02:53 PM EST

Many moons ago - and by 'many moons' I mean six years ago - a friend started referring to me as 'kitten'. Nobody knows why. I doubt she herself knows why. Noncapitalization fully intentional.

Then her boyfriend at the time started.

Then everyone who knew both me and the two of them started. At first I thought it was odd and mildly annoying, and then I thought it was kind of cool.

Independantly of this, my girlfriend at the time stated that I acted and looked like a kitten, especially when yawning or sleeping. I'm not entirely certain what this means, but she became fond of calling me 'kitten' as well. She did not know either of the aforementioned friends and had never spoken with them. Now she and her friends called me 'kitten'.

So many people were calling me 'kitten' that I would respond to that as readily as my given name. When I'd hear someone discussing kittens for any reason, I'd assume they were speraking to/about me. One amusing time, someone's cat had apparently just had kittens and he did not like them (aside: anybody who does not like kittens has no soul and is an inhuman monster), and he said to the person he was talking to, "Man, I fucking hate those kittens." I was about to go over there and ask him what the hell I ever did to him, before I realized..

I sign letters 'kitten'. I introduce myself as 'kitten' (socially; if it's a business matter that's something different). I'm kitten over here.

I am kitten. Hear me purr.

mirrorshades radio - darkwave, synthpop, industrial, futurepop.
at least ur nick isn't pussy... (none / 0) (#232)
by univgeek on Sun Mar 31, 2002 at 12:53:55 PM EST

Got a friend whose name was shortened by his pop to 'Vasi'..... this heard by over-hormonal friends of his and transformed to 'pussy'...

Of course in India pussy just means cat, but the sexual connotations are very very funny in American slang.

He absolutely hates it if anyone calls him that now. So we do it just for that :-D....

and man is it funny if we call him that in some dept. store.. He turns into a nice shade of red :-))......

Arguing with an Electrical Engineer is liking wrestling with a pig in mud, after a while you realise the pig is enjoying it!
[ Parent ]

Dull (none / 0) (#187)
by chbm on Sat Mar 30, 2002 at 05:08:45 PM EST

I'm rather dull. I just use the initials of my full name, which results in a rather non-readable nick.
Before I used a leeter nick but then I decided for growing up and went with c-h-b-m

-- if you don't agree reply don't moderate --
nicks (none / 0) (#189)
by three-pipe on Sat Mar 30, 2002 at 05:51:54 PM EST

well. the most hardcore (read: IRC) nick i picked is three. i like the form of the number, i like the ring, and i like typing it. but its been taken on EFNET, so i tacked on a pipe and became three|.

i've also used diatribal and warfordium, the former being pretty obvious and the latter dating back to a radioactive decay question i answered on my grade 9 science midterm by putting "-ium" on my name for the parent and daughter nuclei.

then again, all kinds of people call me dirty kitten these days. but i wont get into that.

-chad \\ warfordium.org \\
I had a dream (none / 0) (#190)
by auraslip on Sat Mar 30, 2002 at 05:56:14 PM EST

or rather a day dream, and the words aura and slip stream came up...and the rest..is kinda history

although I use my old name shekillby which is just my name with the word kill in it. You can blame it on some childs book about mice and other little creatures, that kill each other.
drunk. (none / 0) (#191)
by Juan Rojo on Sat Mar 30, 2002 at 06:04:31 PM EST

i got home drunk, and the next morning it was there on my allways-connected irc screen. that's all i remember, i swear!

mine (none / 0) (#192)
by jmd2121 on Sat Mar 30, 2002 at 06:12:28 PM EST

i wanted a nick I could use at every sh!tcan site that needed a nick/password combo.

travel sites
k5/slash types
nytimes/news sites

everyone wants to authenticate you nowadays.

I'm not really ... (none / 0) (#193)
by BoredByPolitics on Sat Mar 30, 2002 at 06:14:54 PM EST

... but during the USA presidential election I sure got to the stage where I was. We had wall to wall coverage over here in the UK.

"Every contract has a sanity clause", "Sanity clause! Sanity clause! You can't fool me, there's no such thing as Sanity Claus"

Dante Aligheri (none / 0) (#194)
by pietra on Sat Mar 30, 2002 at 06:58:20 PM EST

wrote a series of intense and erotic poems to a "Donna Pietra" ("stony lady") when he was about 19, several years before he wrote the Divine Comedy (the Inferno, the Purgatorio, and the Paradiso). They're better known as the "rime petrose" (stony poems), and have all kinds of fascinating puns and wordplay. I was quite the Dante freak in college, which was also when I first went online. As one of the big mysteries of medieval Italian literature is, "Who was the Donna Pietra?" it seemed like an entertaining way to find other like-minded people, i.e., "I'm the Donna Pietra! You've found me at last!" (The current theory is either that the Donna Pietra didn't exist, or that she was Lucretia Borgia. Take yer pick. I'm inclined towards the former.) The way to tell if you're a *real* Dante freak, though, is to know that even though she's referred to as "Petra" (Stone) in the poems, later references in other works are to the Donna Pietra. Alas, in seven years, exactly 2 people have figured this out.

I was *just* about to say that. (none / 0) (#252)
by cicero on Sun Mar 31, 2002 at 11:57:48 PM EST

Alas, in seven years, exactly 2 people have figured this out.
I swear....

I am sorry Cisco, for Microsoft has found a new RPC flaw - tonight your e0 shall be stretched wide like goatse.
[ Parent ]
HI (1.66 / 3) (#198)
by Legolas on Sat Mar 30, 2002 at 08:37:06 PM EST



Can't really remember. (none / 0) (#199)
by fink on Sat Mar 30, 2002 at 09:02:38 PM EST

First of all, I am not this person (nor is my nick related to his other than being the first syllable), and ignore the rumours, I am not this person, either. Honest.

Ahem. My nick. What I do remember is that it has to do with a Wizard of Id set of comics, where the phrase "The King is a FINK!" gets repeated somewhat.

At the time, I was running an IRC server, and was thought of as a bit of a "fink", since I tended to follow My Rules to the letter (none of them were that draconian, and mainly centred around being nice to the 486 server running the ircd). So the name stuck.

Before that, it was phaedrus. That nick's since been well retired, though.


Oh yeah. (none / 0) (#200)
by fink on Sat Mar 30, 2002 at 09:04:14 PM EST

I forgot to mention: yes, I use this nick wherever possible. Where not possible, I use derivatives of the same.

[ Parent ]

Mine is a variation of a company I ran (none / 0) (#201)
by xtremex on Sat Mar 30, 2002 at 09:15:15 PM EST

Way back in the BBS days and early 90's I used the name of a character I had in D&D, Gortex. Now, I use the name of a software development firm I used to run Xtreme Technologies, however, xtreme was taken on slashdot, so I made it xtremex, and I now use that name almost everywhere (except my OTHER alias)

The origin of "Danger Grrl"... (none / 0) (#203)
by DangerGrrl on Sat Mar 30, 2002 at 09:30:58 PM EST

...not to be confused with "Danger Mouse".

I've been using this nickname for about... yikes... 10 years. It's a hybrid nickname.

I got the "Danger" part in High School. As most of you know, High School is all about Bad Cafeteria food, cutting gym class and infidelity. This nick name arose from my infidelity to one boyfriend. (Who turned out to be a complete sociopath, so it's just as well.) The guy who I was flirting with said I was "dangerous." A few seconds later he said "I take it back, you are not dangerous, you ARE Danger."

It sort of stuck. I added the "Grrl" part for a few reasons:
  1. I got sick of lame ass A/S/L questions, so I figured a gender indicator would knock out one of the three.
  2. "Danger" was taken on AOHell and other chats I had been on.
  3. I had the name long before that "Danger Girl" comic came out, but I think it was fate making sure I disassociated myself from it.
  4. I growl... a lot. So it has an onomatopoeic function.
I've had other online nicknames, but this one seems to suit my disposition the best.

Previous incarnation (none / 0) (#208)
by X-Nc on Sat Mar 30, 2002 at 10:07:52 PM EST

Normally I don't use aliases. Back in the BBS and the early 'Net days I'd always use my real name or a piece of it for a login id. This proved to be a difficulty once the 'Net hit critical mass. One day I was wondering a site of a friend that had some interesting message threads going. She more or less mandated aliases because of the topic. So I had to come up with one quickly.

Back in the old BBS days I was a part of Fidonet. I ended up as the Net Coordinator for Net-109 for a few years. It was fun and I do miss those days, but I digress. In the Fido world the Net Coordiantro position was designated as NC. So when I needed this alias I wanted one that would be unique but also recognized by my friend when she saw it. It then came to mind that I was the ex-Net Coordniator and X-Nc was born. I use it pretty much everywhere these days/

I have another alias that I use for p0rn & other spam-like places that was taking from an evil chracter in a D'n'D universe I once played in back in the early 80's but I try not to associate with that one.

Aaahhhh!!!! My K5 subscription expired. Now I can't spell anymore.

my mom wanted a girl (none / 0) (#209)
by Sydney Calloway on Sat Mar 30, 2002 at 10:35:12 PM EST

but i was born with penis, so i got this name anyways. i suppose it's a unisex name and i rather like it by now. aber ich don't understand why everyone doesn't use their real names online

Live your dreams, follow your heart

My Nick... (none / 0) (#210)
by The Solitaire on Sat Mar 30, 2002 at 10:57:36 PM EST

About 12 years ago (I was 16) I was obsessed with the game Warhammer 40K... Anyways, the Solitaire was a part of the Eldar Harlequin contingent. The character had some personality characteristics that I was enamoured with at the time. Sort of jester-like, yet in a sense deadly serious.

As time went on, I stopped really caring about the reference... In fact, if I were to choose a nick now there is no way that I would choose something half as cheesy. I've tried changing my nick several times to this or that (the only one I've continued to use is "Iron Monkey" at Slashdot chosen purely because of the raw cheesyness of the movie with that name). Each time, I get bored before very long, and I end up back at this one.

I need a new sig.
Neat... (none / 0) (#225)
by Kaki Nix Sain on Sun Mar 31, 2002 at 04:34:58 AM EST

... I fielded an Eldar Harlequin contingent against my friends when we played back in high school. I always thought the game rules weren't quite made to handle their alternative fighting style or tactics, and the newer rules just made things worse.

But I was able to do some nice damage here and there. For a while there I even had the GM convinced that droping a grenade at the feet of someone and doing a flip over them without getting into hand to hand was well within a Harlequin's abilities. That was a pretty sweet move which left a few front lines in ruins.

[ Parent ]

Alternative Terrains (none / 0) (#321)
by The Solitaire on Sun Apr 07, 2002 at 03:36:31 PM EST

One time we did a "Space Hulk" 40K battle, Harlequins vs. Marines. With the short lines of sight, the Harlequins were dramatically better. Nothing quite like seeing a group of marines round a bend and get literally DICED by harlequin close combat.... ahhh the old days.

I need a new sig.
[ Parent ]
permutations (none / 0) (#211)
by infinitera on Sat Mar 30, 2002 at 11:02:14 PM EST

One of the greatest sources of inspiration in my life, prior to falling in love, and during my tenure as a techophilic high school geek, was Frank Herbert's Dune Chronicles. Specifically, a lot of the ideas in books 3 and 4 fascinated me, especially the Golden Path(Humanity as one colony organism, surviving into the future), which Leto and Ghanima referred to in their ancient tongue as 'Secher Nbiw' (sp?). So, I tried to make a name from that, playing around with syllables, then synonyms for both words, ending up with a few I liked, one of which was Infinite Era. First it was an AIM name, then became my user name just about everywhere else 'cept my computer/shell accounts/email. Before that I had dp0 (still my /. id), which isn't very inspired at all.


Big-screen let-down (none / 0) (#282)
by Jel on Mon Apr 01, 2002 at 05:44:21 PM EST

Specifically, a lot of the ideas in books 3 and 4 fascinated me, especially the Golden Path(Humanity as one colony organism, surviving into the future)
Hmm... sounds like the on-screen versions didn't do the books much justice. Nothing unusual there, I guess. Anyway, I'm adding that to my reading list, thanks =)

[ Parent ]
dune movies (none / 0) (#283)
by infinitera on Mon Apr 01, 2002 at 05:47:14 PM EST

AFAIK, all Dune productions have been only book 1 with a few messiah hints. The scifi channel one was the best adaptation, in terms of plot and char dev, and they're going to be doing a combined book 2 and 3 one next.

[ Parent ]
Mine is my name (5.00 / 3) (#215)
by ucblockhead on Sun Mar 31, 2002 at 12:07:01 AM EST

It is just my name. I know it looks odd, but I'm of uzlamistani extraction, and most uzlami names look odd to english speakers.

- Ucblo C. Khead
This is k5. We're all tools - duxup

bullshit (5.00 / 1) (#278)
by CodeWright on Mon Apr 01, 2002 at 04:17:34 PM EST

no such beast as "uzlamistani".

even if there were such a thing, the names would be like "Almaz" or "Mushambei" or "Ulyan" or "Akbahtkal"

[ Parent ]
Do not deny my heritage! (5.00 / 1) (#292)
by ucblockhead on Mon Apr 01, 2002 at 11:26:54 PM EST

There is no "Uzlamistan" on modern maps because the Chinese invaded in 1962 and refuse to let us have our independence. I understand your confusion on Uzlamistani names. While the name of the country and some of its cities are Arabic, it was settled in the 16th century by Bosnian refugees hoping to escape the crusades. The sultan of persia gave our people what was then an outlying province of the Persian empire. So while some place names are arabic, our heritage is mostly slavic.
This is k5. We're all tools - duxup
[ Parent ]
bullshit (none / 0) (#299)
by CodeWright on Tue Apr 02, 2002 at 09:43:34 AM EST

I have walked along the Kyrghyz and Kazakh border with China from Kashgar to Dzary-Djaz (the only possible location of the fictional "uzlamistan" you describe). The only "lost republic" in that area belongs to the Uigur people. The Uigur are presently a culturally Islamic and ethnically Han Chinese people. In the depths of history, the Uigur were contemporaries of the doublemoon axe-wielding Cimmerian charioteers and one of the original inventors of the written word. They have nothing to do with Persia or Slavs.

If you are going to claim a fictional ethnicity, at least make it plausible (hint: no Crusades in the 16th century, Bosnians were historically either Catholic or Orthodox and participated in the Crusades against the Turk, and the borders of Persia fell far short of the Emirate of Bokhara or the Khakand Khanate -- both of which were still further west of where you propose your fictional Uzlamistan rests).

[ Parent ]
Jeez (none / 0) (#301)
by ucblockhead on Tue Apr 02, 2002 at 11:57:56 AM EST

You are taking a flippant joke way too seriously.
This is k5. We're all tools - duxup
[ Parent ]
encyclopedic (none / 0) (#311)
by eurasian on Wed Apr 03, 2002 at 05:49:30 PM EST

quite the encyclopedic mind u have there for the facts. kewl.

chinese muslims? niftyNeato

[ Parent ]
thank you (none / 0) (#314)
by CodeWright on Thu Apr 04, 2002 at 04:07:42 PM EST

for the compliment.

not that hard though -- when you've lived in the area for a year or so, you pick up a lot of background information.

[ Parent ]
old k5 joke (none / 0) (#340)
by aphrael on Fri May 10, 2002 at 08:10:50 PM EST

uzlamistan == elbonia. eg., a joke country that everyone knows is a joke country. there was a diary entry about it more than a year ago, from some troll account which claimed to be escaped slave labor from uzlamistan.

[ Parent ]
Obvious to Niven fans (none / 0) (#217)
by kzin on Sun Mar 31, 2002 at 01:25:42 AM EST

A kzin is a large predator intelligent feline alien thing in Larry Niven's most excellent "Known Space" hard science fiction books. I started using it when I began IRCing on EFNet circa 1995, as I had to think of some nick. I figured it'd be instantly recognised by other Niven fans, which it was. Nowdays it's a bit too explicitly masculine and adolecent for my taste, but I've always used it in weblogs and IRC, so I see no reason to change. In email and mailing lists I use my real name, Adi Stav.

Uniqness. (none / 0) (#218)
by Faux Pseudo on Sun Mar 31, 2002 at 02:34:36 AM EST

I wanted a nick that would be unique to any site i went to. So thought for a bit. Whats not in use.
Oxiemorons are too commen.
Double negatives are rare.
So i scanned the brain and remembered some non english words that ment fake and copy and put them together. did a search on altavista for the result and found that it did not exist at all.
I have been faux_pseudo ever since.

GUI's are like dipers. Everyone growes out of them.
Inspired by Shadowrun. (none / 0) (#219)
by static on Sun Mar 31, 2002 at 02:36:55 AM EST

The very first time I played a net-game of Quake, I was put on the spot by the request to think up an alias. At the time, I had been dabbling in the RPG ShadowRun* by FASA and in at least one of the sourcebooks, there was a matrix character who had a nick of "Magic" - which led to the obvious witticism "magic is in the matrix". This juxtaposition appealed to me, but I couldn't aspire to the name "magic", so I chose "static" as "static in the matrix" appealed for similar reasons.

I found it curious to note that at the time, Internet Quake aliases and nicks were heavily self-aggrandizing; "static" was distinctly not so. :-)

Wade. * Think magic added to Neuromancer.

Katt (none / 0) (#224)
by Katt on Sun Mar 31, 2002 at 03:53:25 AM EST

I needed a login name for somewhere, and it sounded neat.

It's Swedish for "cat." I'm also pretty sure that I was subconsciously remembering the SNES game Breath of Fire 2 at the time, because I knew I heard the name somewhere before but just couldn't place it.

Cyclopatra (4.00 / 1) (#227)
by cyclopatra on Sun Mar 31, 2002 at 04:58:28 AM EST

is, when I attempt to explain it, a melding of Cyclops and Cleopatra. But to paraphrase a quote by Trent Reznor, it basically stood up to the one-week test: it didn't sound too lame a week later.

I've been using it as a nick since 1994, and the really great thing was that until only very recently, it was totally unique so far as I could determine - every search I did turned up me, and only me, or a reference to me. I use it absolutely everywhere, from my online credit card management login to k5 and the other site. Apparently, however, there's a painting with 'cyclopatra' in the title, which doesn't relate to me at all, which sort of burst my bubble.

All your .sigs are belong to us.
remove mypants to email

Reason for dollyknot (none / 0) (#228)
by dollyknot on Sun Mar 31, 2002 at 06:55:12 AM EST

I spent many years as an English trucker, we used to use a special knot called a (yes you've guessed it) dollyknot. A couple of years ago I had the idea of doing a truckers website, thought of the name dollyknot.com, found it had not been harvested, so I made it mine. It has the advantage of being fairly unique on the net. (You won't find it in the average dictionary) For the time being I'm using it to point at my blog, where you will find an explanation of what a dollyknot is and how it works. (look in the righthand box at the top)

Well there you go.

They call it an elephant's trunk, whereas it is in fact an elephant's nose - a nose by any other name would smell as sweetly.

Mine (none / 0) (#233)
by jacob on Sun Mar 31, 2002 at 01:30:38 PM EST

I took my first name, typed it in, and there you go.

Uncapitalized because I like the look of the descending 'j' character.

"it's not rocket science" right right insofar as rocket science is boring


Along those lines... (none / 0) (#264)
by Y on Mon Apr 01, 2002 at 10:50:58 AM EST

Initial of my last name. Pretty self-evident, though, given my e-mail address.

[ Parent ]
unformed (none / 0) (#234)
by unformed on Sun Mar 31, 2002 at 01:47:33 PM EST

I got it from Stephen King's Desperation. The evil creature was known as the "Unformed" and I thought the word fit me perfectly...(as in without form..) i've had the same nick for about 6 years now....before that i used DragonSlayer, BugSlayer...and some variants of each (DragonSlayer 777, etc)

OK, I'll bite... (none / 0) (#235)
by Erbo on Sun Mar 31, 2002 at 02:22:06 PM EST

My nick is maybe only slightly more inventive than those people who just use their first name...it's a combination of the first two letters of my first name and the first two of my last: ERic BOwersox. It's usually pronounced /ur'boh/, though some have pronounced it /air'boh/ (see the Jargon File pronunciation guide).

This designation was originally used as a file code for me when I participated in a study program in my early college years. Since it was easily pronounced, I took to using it as a login name and handle. I was "erbo@cs.ucsb.edu" during my college years, and I still use "erbo" everywhere I can. (Most companies prefer calling me "ebowersox," because they've already established that convention for everyone. However, at my current company, when I set up my workstation, I gave it the machine name "erbo".)

When I can't use "erbo" (because it's been taken, or some such), I will often use "obreerbo," the palindromized form. Our Electric Minds Community Host first dubbed me with that variation; his own handle is "maddog", which becomes "goddammaddog" when palindromized.

To this day, if I'm in a situation where there are one or more other Erics in the same room/company/organization, I'll say, "Just call me 'Erbo.'" Many of my friends refer to me by my handle as well.

Oddly enough, I once added up the numerology of my chosen handle, many years after I was commonly using it. (Just for shits and giggles, you understand.) Using the "modern" system, adding up the letters in "Erbo" (E=5, R=9, B=2, O=6) gives the value 22, which is a highly auspicious value, the number of "The Master." I feel in some ways like I've been trying to live up to that image ever since. Many people would say I've succeeded, but I'm not so sure; I can be my own worst critic sometimes.

My wife could easily be "Pabo" (because, though she kept her last name when we married, her last name is "Boulais" and has the same first two letters), but she normally goes by the handle "Silverwrist," because of the silver bracelets she usually wears.
Electric Minds - virtual community since 1996. http://www.electricminds.org

nodsmasher (none / 0) (#237)
by nodsmasher on Sun Mar 31, 2002 at 04:16:54 PM EST

ok so the the fist thing i did online that required a sn was playing the origanal C&C and i played as the gdi agaist the brotherhood of nod so i was the NOD smasher, and since then iv been to lazy to come up with any thing else
Most people don't realise just how funny cannibalism can actually be.
Intentionally Boring (none / 0) (#238)
by der on Sun Mar 31, 2002 at 04:24:16 PM EST

Dave Edward Robillard

I used to have various nicks, but at one point I got tired of the lameness of it and just opted to use my name. The switch basically coincided with my crossover from (admittedly inactive) l4me hax0r kidd13 to (admittedly inactive) Free Software developer/advocate.

Indirectly after the god (none / 0) (#239)
by odin on Sun Mar 31, 2002 at 06:24:13 PM EST

Well, had two cats, Hannibal and Ariel. Originally, Hannibal was named Bast, but then he decided to be a boy, so he became Hannibal. And soon after, we had 6 more cats to name: Apollo, Castor, Pollux, Astarte, Artemis, and Bast. But then Bast decided to be a boy, so ended up with the name Odin. He died shortly before I had to come up with an account name elsewhere, so I adopted his name. So, he was named after the god, and I'm named after him.

Odin, the Norse God of... (4.00 / 3) (#242)
by ti dave on Sun Mar 31, 2002 at 07:58:18 PM EST

those with no sense of humor.

"If you dial," Iran said, eyes open and watching, "for greater venom, then I'll dial the same."

[ Parent ]
When you write something funny (5.00 / 1) (#251)
by odin on Sun Mar 31, 2002 at 11:42:39 PM EST

I'll laugh and rate as you deserve.

Hell, if you'd just posted something saying "Stop whining", I would have given you a 5. I do actually have a sense of humor about myself but your comment was really just lame.

And this one is actually even lamer. "Wah! He rated me down" Guess that 1 was the worst thing that ever happened to you. Congratulations.

[ Parent ]

Heh...Now *that's* funny! (5.00 / 1) (#255)
by ti dave on Mon Apr 01, 2002 at 02:36:12 AM EST

"Wah! He rated me down"

I don't seem to recall writing that!

As far as the "1", no, it ain't the worst.
Read my Diaries, and you'll see that.

Cheers, and get a piece of Valkyrie a** tonight!

ti dave

"If you dial," Iran said, eyes open and watching, "for greater venom, then I'll dial the same."

[ Parent ]
You know... (5.00 / 1) (#281)
by odin on Mon Apr 01, 2002 at 04:56:55 PM EST

I was thinking over your original comment, and it occurred to me how it could have been funny. Instead of buying her a comb, if you'd bought her a ring, and then Christmas morning it turned out she'd cut off all her fingers. So, then you dumped her, cause she couldn't give you the handjobs you loved so much.

It's all the difference between being obnoxious on topic vs. just being obnoxious.

[ Parent ]

Return to Zork (nt) (none / 0) (#240)
by waif on Sun Mar 31, 2002 at 07:02:07 PM EST

I'm so late.
It's too late.
-- Poem (title unknown) by Denise Monahan

coma (none / 0) (#241)
by coma on Sun Mar 31, 2002 at 07:24:34 PM EST

Well, my name was choosen by my friends. In the days of the DOS machines I always have a 720k disk with norton commander and rar, I choose the 720k size so it would fit in most computers, and I used it heavily in our university computers, most of them being msdos without any utility.

So my friends called me commander (well in fact they called me "comandante" the same in spanish) and later they cut it to coma, so I didn't choose it, but I'm happy.

I have a theory that it's impossible to prove anything, but I can't prove it.

Jorge Nerin

i try to use it everywhere: Prophet TheMusicGod1 (none / 0) (#243)
by Prophet themusicgod1 on Sun Mar 31, 2002 at 07:59:24 PM EST

i am a musician(were you expecting something else?)...and back in 98 i beileve it was i wrote a song "camille"... which to this day may still be the finest song i've ever written. I showed the lyrics to and played it on piano for My friend and lead singer at the time "panda" ...and my other friend and secondary singer prophet rancidgrrrl (of the goat next door,)... and they just loved it. panda decided that i was the 'god of music' or 'the music guru'(for those who'd be insulted by me being a god'. at the time i was using online names like Phyxe(my D&D character who was an atheist priest :D) and Lance(after another online character who played Starcraft...) and i needed a name that would name me for me and be unique to me. the music god fit. of course i couldnt put spaces in stuff like hotmail accounts so it became themusicgod, or musicgod. shortly thereafter i decided to get an account on the liveuniverse chat world...i have no idea why (i think it had osmething to do with the boggle java games they had)... and i fuddled up the password on themusicgod....i really wanted themusicgod name (especially since i had just created a diety creature in my D&D campaign by the same name who i planned to RP in it later)...so...doing the online thing i added a 1 for themusicgod1.
The name stayed like this for a litle while...before i joined the online counterculture direct action / "terrorist" orginization KULT...which was split into 9 "klans". A prophet was basically a label to aware those nearby that the wearer was an artist, a poet, a musician, or a visionary in some sort of creative manor. We prophets pushed the boundaries of dreams and created new beauty for everyone else to enjoy.

as for themusicgod1 it is also worth noting i AM an atheist...and by saying that i am themusicgod1 it would be like saying i am an atheist god...or a person who does not believe in himself :D
the number 1 i decided to keep as it makes me sound manufactured,..after much cadet experience i became aware that i "Have" to an extent been manufactured by the machine-like-society around me. (see nin broken video for more information on machine-like-society)
I try to keep all my online names themusicgod1 but it seems i keep flowing back to my legal name, jeff cliff;...as i have decided to base my music career at this point on it. As a musician you NEED to have a name (unless you are prince i guess)...otherwise you go nowhere...so i chose jeff cliff.

Also worth noting that i have a FEJ initials, not because they are my initial but because it is Jeff backwards (sans 1 f)... i would always put FEJ on arcades in the top 10 listing (partly because both my brother and sister share my initials)...so yea. Fej / prophet themusicgod1 / Jeff Cliff
"I suspect the best way to deal with procrastination is to put off the procrastination itself until later. I've been meaning to try this, but haven't gotten around to it yet."swr
King of Kent (none / 0) (#244)
by hengist on Sun Mar 31, 2002 at 08:02:18 PM EST

Hengist and his brother Horsa are old English heroes. They were Jute chieftains who defeated King Vortigern and allowed the Anglo-Saxon migration to England. Since I'm of (mostly) English descent, I took his name as my nick.

There can be no Pax Americana
I stole it from Bunny Vomit. [N/T] (none / 0) (#245)
by BunnyVomit on Sun Mar 31, 2002 at 08:21:58 PM EST

Join the Bunny Cabal or it means you enjoy watching 7th heaven.
ergophobe (none / 0) (#246)
by ergophobe on Sun Mar 31, 2002 at 08:35:57 PM EST

ergophobe - one who has a fear or aversion to work.

'nuff said.. :-D

My 10th grade (1990) english teacher was a vocabulary nut. She would teach us about 50 new completely bizarre words a week.. One week she focused on the phobias..

A few months later I needed a new handle for a dialup BBS (pre-internet, or at least before the internet was easily accessible) I was signing up on.. The handle I had been using before then was already taken.. I don't remember why, but I thought of that vocabulary lesson, and more specifically "ergophobia".. I've been using it ever since.. I think there are one or two other people on the net using it, but I'm pretty sure I was the first.

Dolohov (none / 0) (#247)
by Dolohov on Sun Mar 31, 2002 at 09:00:06 PM EST

Dolohov was a Cossack officer in Leo Tolstoy's War and Peace. It's an excellent book, and that character in particular manages to bring destruction and misery wherever he goes. The funny thing is, Tolstoy's thesis in that book is that the forces of history completely govern peoples' lives, and they have no control over it. Napoleon himself is merely swept along. Dolohov, however, manages to do exactly as he pleases and except for being a terrible human being, seems to be quite free.

DrZish (none / 0) (#248)
by DrZish on Sun Mar 31, 2002 at 09:25:10 PM EST

My nick is from a high school nickname. I was rather smart in Science in high school and the science teachers took to calling me DrZish. Pretty soon, my friends started calling me that as well and the name stuck. I can't come up with something better so thats what I use online.

Quake II LAN Party Handle (5.00 / 1) (#253)
by Codeine on Mon Apr 01, 2002 at 01:37:54 AM EST

After a brief period as "Merrybegot," which just seems a bit twee, I decided to emulate the FPS genre tradition of handles involving Pain and/or Death, and named myself after a pain killer.

For yes, where I live, Codeine is a harmless ethical, an over the counter pharmeceutical, but to the denizens of #sex, following voodoo or ostrich censorship methods, and claiming it is "drug related" bans it...

Friends (none / 0) (#254)
by squeakyweasel on Mon Apr 01, 2002 at 02:32:30 AM EST

The nickname "Weasel" came from a stuffed weasel doll that my little brother gave me when I was having emotional problems in an attempt to cheer me up. It basically follows me anywhere, my car's dashboard, ontop the monitor, LAN parties, wherever. Since weasel.com/.net/.org was taken, I changed it to SqueakyWeasel as an online handle if Weasel was already taken.

Before "weasel" I had "Wolf7" which was just something I made up using my favorite animal and number.

My other online/LAN nickname, Azure, came from my favorite color which happens to be blue (as seen by my website).

There are, of course, family nicknames such as "Ky" and "KylieWilie" (Wile E. Coyote) but I won't get into those. ;)


Czar Chasm (none / 0) (#256)
by czar chasm on Mon Apr 01, 2002 at 04:06:29 AM EST

Well, first Czar is used to mean a king or ruler of sorts (see 1st definition), but ignoring the Russian history part. Then Chasm is taken to mean a difference in opinion, loyalty, and interests. Put them together and you have that I am the king of different opinions, loyalties, and interests. Also it sounds like "Sarcasm" when said because I am somewhat sarcastic in speech.

I have the audasity to claim to be the king of these because of how my high school has/is raising me: Don't think, shop, and stay silent. Granted that is how most high schools are, but instead of taking the corporate, cathartic ways of rebellion (buying clothes at Hot Topic), I started to read as much as I could about things, and educate myself against what was being fed to me. It got to the point where the principals have tried various ways to suspend me, but all end in appeals where I am acquited (long stories).

This is also the stage name I take for my band (Ted Kennedy's Driving School), but for most other things I use the name 007david, but I'm phasing it out slowly.

If there are glaring spelling, grammar, or any other kind of errors, I apologize; it's is 3:14 AM and I've been typing for five hours now.

-Czar Chasm

My nick... (none / 0) (#257)
by Master Of Ninja on Mon Apr 01, 2002 at 04:44:13 AM EST

...was initially from my online gaming. It was actually suggested to me by the Gamespy client: it was one out of a choice of 3/4, and it seemed the best of the lot (and I didn't want my real name as my handle). It's turned out to be pretty good.

childhood fascination (none / 0) (#258)
by ragnarok on Mon Apr 01, 2002 at 05:19:15 AM EST

I suppose, which begot an interest in Tolkien's LOTR which begot an interest in Old English and Old Norse, which begot ... a brainstorm when I realized I needed a nick for this site. Ragnarok, the end of the world, when the Aesir face their foes Midgards-Ormr. Fenrir wolf, and general chaos, and lose.

Some of my other accounts have made me out to be dreamsinter@/. - from David Lindsay's "Voyage to Arcturus", and a host of others I seem to be in dnager of forgetting - oh, yes, Nargun@borland, after "The Nargun and the Stars", an Australian young adults' story I was much taken with in my adolescence. Where else could you find a self-moving rock that threatens life on a farm, and which will folow fire because that is its dreaming, its mauriora? (It is defeated by its fire dreaming, of course. And it is the dreaming of the rock-spirits/dreamings.)

"And it came to healed until all the gift and pow, I, the Lord, to divide; wherefore behold, all yea, I was left alone....", Joseph Smith's evil twin sister's prophecies

Because I'm a synaesthete (5.00 / 1) (#259)
by synaesthesia on Mon Apr 01, 2002 at 07:30:51 AM EST

Interestingly although my nick is simply a word, because it has a feminine-sounding ending people often assume me to be female. Which I might be, I suppose.

Sausages or cheese?
erHEM. (none / 0) (#261)
by Gehenna Gehenna on Mon Apr 01, 2002 at 09:12:37 AM EST

Initially I was just Gehenna. I robbed that nick from a popular role playing game called Vampire the Masquerade. It was a "vampire word" meaning end of all times. I found out later that it was an old hebrew (or Arab, I'm not sure) word that stood for a type of hell or inferno. That only made it cooler.

Then, while playing some of ny friends in a game of Mechwarrior (still a favotite game of mine) I, well, kicked some major butt. Jeff, one of my freinds, said that everywhere he looked was Gehenna! Gehhenna!. Thus Ghenna_Gehenna was born.

"Don't let it end like this. Tell them I said something. "

- last words of Pancho Villa (1877-1923)
Gehenna etymology (none / 0) (#263)
by Y on Mon Apr 01, 2002 at 10:48:29 AM EST

Yeah, it's Hebrew - appears in the Bible a couple of times. There's a quote where Jesus says to a crowd, "If your eye is your trouble, tear it out. Better to enter the kingdom of Heaven with one eye than to burn in the fires of Gehenna." (paraphrase)

Historically, Gehenna was a sort of landfill just outside of Jerusalem. The people in charge of the landfill would take the refuse of the city and burn it, hence the word's eventual semantic shift to mean "inferno" or "hell."

[ Parent ]

Orl Korrect, sir. (none / 0) (#262)
by orlkorrect on Mon Apr 01, 2002 at 09:30:20 AM EST

"orl korrect" = possible origin of the term "OK," or "okay". It was a mangling of "all correct" employed in a Boston newspaper in the mid-19th century. Don't know why I like it, just do... I'm OK, you're OK... Now I'm rambling - that's not OK.

Pronouncing my Initials (none / 0) (#265)
by Argel on Mon Apr 01, 2002 at 12:08:51 PM EST

R-J-L -- say it fast and you get "Argel".

You should spell it 'Argael' [NT] (none / 0) (#267)
by synaesthesia on Mon Apr 01, 2002 at 01:04:17 PM EST

Sausages or cheese?
[ Parent ]
Mangled mangling... Er... (none / 0) (#266)
by aluminumaloi on Mon Apr 01, 2002 at 12:37:51 PM EST

Well, my last name is Molloy. Somewhere around the 8th grade, some kids (most of whom are now my closest friends) started calling me "maloi," pronounced "mal" as in "malpractice" and "oi" as in "oi oi oi!" It stuck.

Fast forward several years. I tried to register the username Maloi somewhere (can't remember where), and found that it was already taken. Well, crap.

So, I typed the very first thing that came to my mind - 'aluminumaloi.' Unlike the simple form, 'maloi,' no one actually calls me 'aluminumaloi' - but I've been using it as a handle on many web sites every since.

Crazy About Them, Never With Them (none / 0) (#268)
by Guncrazy on Mon Apr 01, 2002 at 01:06:35 PM EST

When I was in college, I shared a house with my sister. I'd started collecting guns, and would come home with a new one every couple months or so. One day, I came home with a new AR-15. "Another one?" she said, shaking her head. "You're guncrazy."

I'd just started using BBSes, Prodigy and the internet at the time, and when she called me "guncrazy", I thought it fitting, and started using it online.


Race is irrelevant 99.999% of the time. And the 0.001% of the time it is relevant, someone is looking for a donated organ.

Book (none / 0) (#269)
by Damia on Mon Apr 01, 2002 at 01:26:51 PM EST

A lovely, dinky, cheesey little book called "The Rowan" whose sequel was titled "Damia."

It doesn't hurt that I'm as sexy as the cover model, too. (Wishful thinking?)

but I believe in peace (none / 0) (#270)
by Kellnerin on Mon Apr 01, 2002 at 02:00:23 PM EST

The reasons I typed "Kellnerin" in the box when I registered for this account are kind of fuzzy, actually. It was originally a throwaway name I used when I wanted to log in to check a place out but didn't plan to stay. Though I was fairly sure I'd stick around on K5, I think I picked this one out of my stable of nicks because it was the most gender-neutral sounding (to an English-speaking ear), at least that's the only explanation that sounds plausible at the moment.

Rather than being Greek or Latin for some lofty concept, it's German for "waitress". I've never been one in rl, but perhaps the Tori Amos song was percolating in my mind at the time (see my original sig, if you can be bothered to check). Particularly the live version from To Venus and Back with the line "I believe in her darkness" -- when I realized there has been a Waitress or two in my life. I was somewhat pleased, though, when after having this account for more than a year, I finally succombed to egosurfing, and found my user page was the first hit on Google. I guess German web sites don't reference waitresses that often.

I've had many other internet personae (the one in my email being the most enduring one) but isn't this comment tedious enough already? No one's going to read this so long after the story was posted anyway, but at least I'll have something to link to next time this rolls around.

--sometimes you pick your gods, sometimes the gods pick you -odin--

ewhac (none / 0) (#271)
by ewhac on Mon Apr 01, 2002 at 02:06:22 PM EST

The story of my username can be found here. Basically, it was an insignificant high-school prank that got out of hand.

Editor, A1-AAA AmeriCaptions. Priest, Internet Oracle.

How I got mine (5.00 / 1) (#272)
by skim123 on Mon Apr 01, 2002 at 02:09:29 PM EST

Was creating an account on Zone.com back in 1998 and tried using my initials, skm. The username was already taken, so I tried skim, since I like skim milk. That didn't take either. Hence skim123 was tried next, which was available, and the rest, as they say, is history.

Money is in some respects like fire; it is a very excellent servant but a terrible master.
PT Barnum

You play a good game, boy. (none / 0) (#273)
by tallman on Mon Apr 01, 2002 at 02:36:01 PM EST

I have always used the nick "tallman" for almost any venture where a nick is required. It is my hope/belief that some day someone will recognize me at another location, thus giving me the status of having a true identity online.

The Tallman is a character from one of my favorite horror movies, Phantasm. I liked the presence of the character. How much? Enough to tattoo his portrait on my forearm, along with his sphere as part of a horror theme'd sleeve.


SCA name shifted (none / 0) (#274)
by Lynoure on Mon Apr 01, 2002 at 02:42:15 PM EST

In SCA my nick was Elynour. I chose that because had the two first letters in common with my first name. When I got an e-mail address, I didn't feel like I was 100% SCAian, so I shifted it slightly and the end result was Lynoure (the pronounciation was turned Finnish at the same time).

Now it's one of my given (taken, I guess) names...
And the name of my costuming company...
And the name of an In Nomine (RPG) character based on me (see the NPC section of the rulebook for more information).

CodeWright (none / 0) (#279)
by CodeWright on Mon Apr 01, 2002 at 04:26:33 PM EST

should be self-explanatory, but if it isn't:

Code refers to any code in general (genetic code, code/cipher, etc), but computer code most specifically

A Wright is a craftsperson, typically a master, skilled in a particular trade.

Taken together, CodeWright means a "skilled professional computer programmer". Using "Wright" as a homonym for "right", it can also mean "CodeRight" or to not only program, but program well.

I have used the nick since about '94 and not run into a collision until I read about the "CodeWright" editing tool released by Premia in the late 90's. I'm not sure who has prior art, but I suspect it might be me. It doesn't really matter, though, since it is a relatively straightforward, no-frills, pun -- so straightforward that it shouldn't even require an explanation.

That and the fact that I use many different nicks.

My nick? (none / 0) (#285)
by LilDebbie on Mon Apr 01, 2002 at 06:03:39 PM EST

Two words: snack cakes.

In order to develop an "internet identity," I use this nick in as many places as possible, namely here, /., and efnet. I don't really spend much time anywhere else so if you see a LilDebbie, it probably isn't me and if it is, I'm likely not there.

My name is LilDebbie and I have a garden.
- hugin -

A Small Japanese Car : Anagrams are Fun! (none / 0) (#286)
by dasunt on Mon Apr 01, 2002 at 06:27:24 PM EST

My nick comes from a small Japanese car. It used to be DS510. This was back in the old days when there was a big rush for online chat rooms, and I hung out in one. I forgot the name, and google isn't helping me on this one, but I remember hanging out in a chat room with the partial name of "verbal rugby". I owned a small Datsun Five and Dime at the time, and used that as a nick.

Then I moved to the fun world of muds! DS510 wasn't that rpish, but Dasunt was. Did that for a year or two, until an upstart called Everquest really hurt the mud I was on, and then I switched to a few online boards, the most notable of which is a certain other site. ;)

Occasionally, I'll use other handles, most notably "Tsunad", although I do have a the nick "Piper" on one mud, and "Nobody" on a different mud, both of which were deviations because of mud politics. As for "Dasunt", I prefer the name, its short, fairly unique, and when I google for it, I find (mostly) myself.

Sorta Boring (none / 0) (#287)
by joeyo on Mon Apr 01, 2002 at 06:36:13 PM EST

First name + first initial of last name.

But it just rolls off the tongue, does it not? :)

I do like the phrase "secret quickie-hole" though. It reminds me of the Keebler elves, and yet manages to sound vaguely pornographic at the same

Important Interests ... (none / 0) (#288)
by SkullOne on Mon Apr 01, 2002 at 06:49:56 PM EST

I think many people choose their online nick based on their interests, hobbies, or taken out of something theyve read or heard that they enjoy. SkullOne came from the Robotech RPG. I used to play it in school quite often. SkullOne is based on the Skull Squadron, the leader of Skull Sqaudron is, of course, SkullOne, next in command is SkullTwo, and so forth. If you dont know what Robotech is ... Im sorry for you, you're less of a person.

One of the lamest sources: a band (none / 0) (#289)
by gauze on Mon Apr 01, 2002 at 07:14:10 PM EST

gauze is a japanese hardcore punk band, they've been around since 1981 and are still around.

I started using the nick on efnet after a couple weeks of nick shuffling. There are a few other gauzes out there, most of them get this nick before I do on major non-geek sites.

There's nothing wrong with a PC that a little UNIX won't cure.
And I know all of you care... (none / 0) (#290)
by agent 0range on Mon Apr 01, 2002 at 08:54:00 PM EST

Been somewhat of a history freak since i was little. So I picked a name from the vietnam war that was a chemical used to kill off the vegitation in the jungles. Here is some more info about agent orange:


ancient online history (4.00 / 1) (#293)
by horse on Mon Apr 01, 2002 at 11:44:33 PM EST

a long time ago, before I was really aware of the internet except for email (circa 1990), I was a customer on an online service called GEnie. I picked Crazy Horse for my "handle", for no particular reason other than I thought having a handle was somehow expected of me. Over time, it got abbreviated to "horse", so I've kind of stuck with it.

Derivatus Horribilus... (sic) (4.00 / 1) (#294)
by Deus Horribilus on Tue Apr 02, 2002 at 02:23:45 AM EST

Mine is Latin for "Horrible God" (Latin nitpickers need not reply, I am not interested in hearing about the intricacies of Latin grammar...)

It came about on a university discussion board where all other readers would see was the student ID number of the poster. Instead of being rational and posting our actual names, we decided to create pseudonyms just for the occasion. I wanted something sophisticated but imposing and anarchic, and Deus Horribilus just fitted.

Before that I used to use 'Psycheslayer' as my handle, but it was a little weak in my opinion. That and I just kept abbreviating it to 'Psyche', causing people to get confused about my gender.

Due to a number of flame wars on the Uni discussion board, Deus_H became rather prolific and it spread from there. I now use that handle on nearly all the places I frequent, as well at the major LANs. People seem to have a problem spelling it though, they always call me 'Dues'....

"Beliefs are never concrete, they change direction like autumn leaves in a windstorm..."

anagrams are fun (none / 0) (#295)
by trailside on Tue Apr 02, 2002 at 04:08:42 AM EST

Mine comes from Canon Trailside, an anagram of my name. Other alternatives were Inelastic Radon and Carnal Sedition. The best my brother could find was Strained Colon. Ouch!

Missed the last one (none / 0) (#296)
by hulver on Tue Apr 02, 2002 at 07:28:40 AM EST

Character from a book. A 5 to the first person to say the book name & author.

Would it be... (none / 0) (#297)
by Deus Horribilus on Tue Apr 02, 2002 at 08:07:36 AM EST

The "Supreme" series by Alan Moore, containing the character Hulver Damik, Slaver of Souls...

"Beliefs are never concrete, they change direction like autumn leaves in a windstorm..."
[ Parent ]
Or perhaps... (none / 0) (#298)
by Deus Horribilus on Tue Apr 02, 2002 at 08:13:07 AM EST

"Duncton Quest", by William Horwood?

Whatever, I don't really care...

"Beliefs are never concrete, they change direction like autumn leaves in a windstorm..."
[ Parent ]

No (none / 0) (#300)
by hulver on Tue Apr 02, 2002 at 11:00:47 AM EST

Sorry, you are wrong.

[ Parent ]
Definitely obscure (5.00 / 1) (#302)
by hatshepsut on Tue Apr 02, 2002 at 06:21:31 PM EST



(sorry for the plain text format)

not really (none / 0) (#308)
by nefertari on Wed Apr 03, 2002 at 03:34:50 AM EST

My nick is nefertari. It is my third christian name, (my whole christian name is Judith Maria Nefertari). My mother liked the pictures of Nefertari and the sound of the name. So i got the name. It means something like "the beautiest (of these)".

Most people don't know the name, but two weeks ago one professor knew it. I liked that. She was the spouse of Ramses II. Other variants are Nefertiri and Nofretiri.

A nice sideeffect of this name is that you always find first the "real" Nefertari, so it is difficult to find me via Google.

[ Parent ]

I meant my online name... (none / 0) (#315)
by hatshepsut on Thu Apr 04, 2002 at 05:24:11 PM EST

few people have heard about Hatshepsut, I am just something of an Egyptian history nut.

[ Parent ]
My nick (none / 0) (#303)
by afree87 on Tue Apr 02, 2002 at 07:46:27 PM EST

Xfree86 is a helpful Linux program ^_~
Afree is my name phoenetically
87 is my year of birth (self is modded down for not being old enough)
Thus: Afree87! A stroke of genius!

Not really... I changed it to Ashitaka recently, as it would resonate more with people who read my comments.

Except Ashitaka is a bad word (try registering with it on Yahoo).

So I changed it to Ashibaka.
Ha... yeah.
bastard (none / 0) (#304)
by bsmfh on Tue Apr 02, 2002 at 10:46:50 PM EST

I was trying to create an email account on Yahoo, and got frustrated with the usual formula I had been using... So, having been heavily influenced by Simon T and those famous stories, I opted for a new formula: Bastard ScoutMaster From Hell.

I was so pleased, and then bsmfh was already taken. -- I actually had to use bsmfh0 at yahoo to come up with something unique. Just proves there are a lot less original ideas in the universe than we all think.... It's really not that great a name, but I have been using it more and more, and I have really started to enjoy it. No tattoo yet.


Derived from my name... (none / 0) (#305)
by k31 on Tue Apr 02, 2002 at 11:17:25 PM EST

K31 is from Kei ("key"),
Kei is what some people
call me, for indeed,
my first given name
is Keinall.

Your dollar is you only Word, the wrath of it your only fear. He who has an EAR to hear....
Last Name (none / 0) (#306)
by Witt on Wed Apr 03, 2002 at 12:23:29 AM EST

Witt is the first 4 letters of my last name. For some reason, my last name (Wittevrongel) is rather daunting to many people who come up with rather amusing pronunciations when they see it written down for the first time. Funny, they don't have problems with it in Europe...

Anyways, it's been my online nick since 1994 when I did the BBS thing, and was starting to discover IRC (yes, I've been online for that long. I guess I'm an old fart).

Trust your technolust
-- Jeremiah

Froseph (none / 0) (#307)
by froseph on Wed Apr 03, 2002 at 01:51:24 AM EST

Some people think that this has to do with afros and Sephiroth, but that isn't true. Back in fifth grade or so (~1995), my hair was turning from typical Oriental strait to curly, and I didn't know how to take care of curly hair so I got afros. My first name is Joseph so I combined it with Fro and got Froseph. When I started to get into the internet back in 1996, I used it in lieu of a better alternative. It's unique and and is never taken and having only one nick makes life easy. It's fun to see where I have left my mark through google.

HGTTG (none / 0) (#309)
by Stavr0 on Wed Apr 03, 2002 at 10:36:02 AM EST

Stavro Mueller BETA
- - -
All your posse are belong to Andre the Giant
It is an amalgam (4.00 / 1) (#312)
by Matt Oneiros on Thu Apr 04, 2002 at 01:12:56 AM EST

Matt Oneiros

back when I first started bumming around the 'net (around 1995) I used the nickname Morpheus simply as a tribute to my favourite comic book ever (The Sandman) then The Matrix came along. It sort of ruined things for me as Morpheus because even though I was there first people took me for a type of person I'm not. So how did I make it all good without totally and utterly bending? I used a synonym, Oneiros. For a while I posted on usenet as Lord Oneiros of the Order of Things or something along those lines.

My real life first name is Max, teachers and business people always call me Matt.

Why the two together? I wanted a full nom de plume/nom de guerre.

Lobstery is not real
signed the cow
when stating that life is merely an illusion
and that what you love is all that's real
nothing original (none / 0) (#313)
by nodens on Thu Apr 04, 2002 at 08:12:15 AM EST

I really can't stick with a nick. I think I have changed 4 or five times since '96 though I'm back at the beginning now.

Now, where did I get this idea?

Well I read a lot of Lovecraft and other nice horror fiction. So I came over 'nodens', which is the ruler of the Great Abyss in dreamland. Hoary and immemorial.
So the name just stuck in my brain
Komm mit auf meiner Sonnenbarke

famous guy (none / 0) (#316)
by KaizerWill on Thu Apr 04, 2002 at 07:38:51 PM EST

my first name is William. at somepoint in history class i decided that Kaizer Willhelm was a cool name (albeit a very uncool person). So i thought hey thats another version of my name, i should adapt that for online. hence KaizerWill

You were there for that...
Beware the Thin Man! (4.00 / 1) (#320)
by mister slim on Fri Apr 05, 2002 at 11:10:34 PM EST

Initially I used "easy666." For a while I used "e13" and "Damnthing."
Three, four years ago, I needed a quick name for a radio show I was doing on a small community station in Maine, WERU. "Mister Slim" was all I could come up with. And then it took over my life. Now I can't get rid of it. I am a thin man though. Most people seem to think that I stole it from either Fatboy Slim or Slim Shady. Not liminally anyway. As a note, I think that "MR." is pronounced differently than "Mister."

"Fucking sheep, the lot of you. Yeah, and your little dogs too." -Rogerborg

My nick... (none / 0) (#322)
by /dev/trash on Sun Apr 07, 2002 at 11:45:17 PM EST

I am Stephen King Fan. My favorite book is The Stand. There is a character in the book called Trashcan Man. I sued to be Trashcan man but that was too long to type, so I shortened it to trash. The dev part comes from my use of linux /dev/trash
Pretty boring I know.

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I got it from a c64 game (none / 0) (#323)
by Lazy Jones on Mon Apr 08, 2002 at 06:06:01 AM EST

... some of you might still remember Dave Whittaker's excellent little game.

Showing my educational history ... (none / 0) (#325)
by pimephalis on Thu Apr 11, 2002 at 09:47:23 AM EST

I have typically taken my online nicks and passwords from taxonomic names of animals I like or work on. I have been trained as a limnologist and ichthyologist, so I've drawn heavily from the scientific names for freshwater fish from North America. After playing with Stizostedion and Umbra for a while, I decided to go a more self-deprecating route and call myself pimephalis after the genus Pimephales, of which the fat-head minnow is a member. And as for the mis-spelling, that's just to screw up automated detection by some sort of 'bot with a Linnean bent.

From an old /. argument (3.00 / 1) (#326)
by octothorpe on Fri Apr 12, 2002 at 01:35:56 PM EST

Something like four years ago there was a Slashdot article about the correct name for the '#'sign. There were various repetitive threads about American vs. British names for the symbol. American's called it the 'pound' sign but since the Brits call that curly 'L' a 'pound' sign, they use 'octothorpe' for '#'. So I picked "octothorpe" as my id since it seemed to symbolize Slashdot readers ability to argue the most trivial subjects into the ground without actually saying much of consequence.

It's Gaelic (none / 0) (#327)
by usquebaugh on Fri Apr 12, 2002 at 09:15:52 PM EST

You've all heard of whisky, it's interesting where this word came from The romans called whisky 'Aqua Vitae' water of life, most Scots would prefer 'Aqua Libre' :-) The original gaelic is 'Usquebaugh' pronounced oush-key-bar. The oush-key got bastardised into whisgee and eventually whisky. I do a lot of sailing so Water of Life has a dual meaning. Anyway it's pretty cool and most Americans cannot pronounce it :-)

Derives from /dev/jesus (none / 0) (#328)
by Jevesus on Mon Apr 15, 2002 at 05:29:16 PM EST

I'm otherwise "known" (maybe that's all in my head, too) as "/dev/jesus", pronounced "jesusdevice".
I found that alias to be both cool, eye-catching and provocative. Like any atheist I'm very interested in religion but not religious myself. I've had countless debates on countless forums about religion and the way it affects the world, et al.

The downside of the aliases "jesusdevice" and "/dev/jesus" is that they are sometimes too provocative, I like to engage in other discussions except about religion too. A lot of the time christians accuse me of being blasphemous (I can't quite grasp why, Jesus to me is just a name like any other). Also, only computer-geeks like ourselves(?) understand the concept of "/dev/jesus".
Thus, Jevesus, some sort of short-hand nick, not too specific.

- Jevesus
smokey beginnings (none / 0) (#329)
by krek on Wed Apr 17, 2002 at 10:53:23 AM EST

It all started with a very large joint after a night of raving. We were feeling fucked up and silly and we were spelling my first name 'Craig' in the most messed up and stupid way possible. We ended up at querequeue, but that was excessive so I shortened it to krek partly because it sounded cool and partly in honour of the Countess Krek from L. Ron Hubbards Mission Earth series, also go with vonkrek when krek has been taken, in honour of a german speaking (Austrian) friend of mine.
It is way fun to say.

thieves (none / 0) (#330)
by eudas on Fri Apr 19, 2002 at 06:02:06 PM EST

eudas was my thief character on Chaos II, The Ways, Chaos IV, Winds of Chaos, Age of Chaos, and pretty much every other RPG i've played since then.

I've also had a host of others, in a variety of roles:
Telamon, the Anti-Paladin/Paladin/Warrior
Temaril, the Anti-Paladin/Ranger
Morin/Malachi, the Druid/Ranger
Sangdrax/Radulescu, the Bard/MagicUser
Jarvis, the Explorer/mule/trash character :)

Eudas was the one who most people agreed had the most "personality" (whatever that means in an RPG) and that they also agreed fit me the best. So I use it pretty much exclusively now. Telamon was the second choice.


"We're placing this wood in your ass for the good of the world" -- mrgoat
very simple (none / 0) (#331)
by cem on Fri Apr 19, 2002 at 06:36:57 PM EST

"cem" is my real first name. you pronounce it in english like "jam" ... it is a turkish name.

Young Tarzan: I'll be the best ape ever!
myonline nick (none / 0) (#332)
by opus125 on Sat Apr 20, 2002 at 01:54:16 PM EST

opus125 refers to Beethoven's ninth symphony (opus125 in d minor). I've been obsessed with this piece of music since childhood. The first time that I remember hearing it was in the Beatle movie "Help." John Lennon leads the entire world in part of the chorus from the fourth movement in order to save Ringo's life from a Tiger that can only be soothed by the music of Beethoven.

My nick (none / 0) (#333)
by BobRoy on Mon Apr 22, 2002 at 12:14:37 PM EST

I started using BobKåre about seven years ago playing hearts on the local network at school. But when we went online I found it hard to use a nick containing a norwegian letter, so I changed into BobRoy. So I have been using the same nick for about six years now.

If it's wet, Drink it!

Where'd I get my Nick? (none / 0) (#335)
by tenebreux on Sat Apr 27, 2002 at 03:07:03 AM EST

I read a book (Julian May's Exiles Trilogy) and loved the poem, El Desdichado, in the opening pages of the book, tracked down a copy of the poem (by Gerard de Nerval) and haved used it since. It's also the first poem I learnt in French, before I could speak a word of conversational french.

Nics (none / 0) (#336)
by van of monks on Tue Apr 30, 2002 at 03:01:20 PM EST

Well, my first was gotleb, which i came up w/ when all the other "cool" ones i could think of were taken. It was for gotleib frege (?sp) I didnt think i would ever run into it, but didnt know if it was ie or ei, so just dropped the 'i'. van of monks came from my uncle. He said it would be a cool name for a band,(hes a musician, and does solo work under that name) and when i started playing quake i thought it would be cool and probably not run into it anywhere. On most sites i usually use either van or monks or monty2234. When I worked tech support for an isp though, some kid called up asking for rmpl4skn, which i thought was funny as hell, but the powers that be wouldnt let me give it to him.

My name (none / 0) (#337)
by Haicead on Thu May 02, 2002 at 10:05:36 AM EST

Is the precursor to my last name; rather, the original spelling of my last name before it was anglicized oh so many years ago.
"Not altogether a fool... but then he's a poet, which I take to be only one remove from a fool." --E.A. Poe
Thee Egg Troll (none / 0) (#338)
by egg troll on Wed May 08, 2002 at 12:42:03 PM EST

I actually wanted Trollercoaster, but someone on Chattering Chimps beat me to it. :(

He's a bondage fan, a gastronome, a sensualist
Unparalleled for sinister lasciviousness.

my nick (none / 0) (#339)
by dokool on Fri May 10, 2002 at 01:07:15 AM EST

My nick (DOKool, or dokool depending) evolved from seeing Hackers when i was like 10 or so.  It basically evolved in this fashion:

zerocool (the nick of the hero in the movie)
d0cool (the d being my first initial)
docool (the o being my last initial instead of 0)
dokool (a k for... christ, i was only 10, so sue me)

so there it is.

"Dodge that rocket, boy. Dodge it or I light you up like times square."

Lawnmower Man (none / 0) (#341)
by jobeus on Tue May 21, 2002 at 12:13:29 PM EST

Well, 'jobe' originally came from the movie, Lawnmower Man, where Jobe was the main character, who started out as a feeble-minded soul, and was eventually taught to use his whole brain instead of a normal 5% using Virtual Reality. Thought it was a cool story and just went from there.

'Jobe' is usually taken on sites like this, so my background in Latin gave me the -us suffix, and there ya go.

Whatever I just read (none / 0) (#342)
by JAlfredPrufrock on Thu May 23, 2002 at 05:25:09 PM EST

I don't like adding numbers to nicks that someone else has taken; I also prefer to have different names on different sites. Now, they're all over the place and it's hard to keep track of them: Quixote, DonQuixoteSanchoPanza (which sucks), Smerdyakov, JohnJay, Qfwfq, and once, in a fit of frustration, TheWeimarRepublic. I should use that again.

I always use.. (none / 0) (#343)
by tonyenkiducx on Mon Jul 15, 2002 at 11:35:52 AM EST

..either a very obscure reference to stimulate conversation, or I take the dots and such out of my email address.. EG Tony@enkidu.cx becomes tonyenkiducx.

I see a planet where love is foremost, where war is none existant. A planet of peace, and a planet of understanding. I see a planet called utopia. And I see us invading that planet, because they'd never expect it
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